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Headword: Μὴ πάντα κατὰ βοὸς ἕξεις
Adler number: mu,968
Translated headword: you will not have everything in the manner of an ox
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This proverbial saying] recommends not to do everything through prayers and one's hopes in the gods, but rather to act also through oneself.
Greek Original:
Μὴ πάντα κατὰ βοὸς ἕξεις: παραινεῖ μὴ πάντα ἐπ' εὐχαῖς ποιεῖσθαι καὶ ταῖς παρὰ θεῶν ἐλπίσιν, ἀλλὰ πράττειν καὶ δι' ἑαυτῶν.
Other lexica and grammars (and the paroemiographers, e.g. Apostolius 9.38) have variations of κατὰ βοὸς εὔχεσθαι , "pray like an ox."
Keywords: daily life; ethics; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Richard Rodriguez on 13 July 2009@22:31:51.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note, set status) on 14 July 2009@00:44:48.
David Whitehead (augmented note; tweaked keywords) on 14 July 2009@03:28:31.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2013@04:18:26.


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