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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
Translation:
[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.
Note:
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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