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Headword: Οὐδὲν λευκῶν ἀνδρῶν ὄφελος σκυτοτομεῖν
Adler number: omicron,801
Translated headword: pale men are no use [other] than for shoemaking
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[A proverb] in reference to those who bring no profit. Inasmuch as the dark [are] more profitable than the pale.
Greek Original:
Οὐδὲν λευκῶν ἀνδρῶν ὄφελος ἢ σκυτοτομεῖν: ἐπὶ τῶν εἰς μηδὲν λυσιτελούντων. παρ' ὅσον οἱ μέλανες τῶν λευκῶν λυσιτελέστεροι.
Notes:
Quoted by Erasmus, Adages (under 'Nulla candidorum virorum utilitas'); and cf. Appendix Proverbiorum 4.35.
For the underlying sentiment, note in general Plato, Republic 556D (the sunburnt man's disdain for the pale man); and with specific regard to shoemakers, who work in the shade, see sigma 727.
Keywords: daily life; economics; ethics; philosophy; proverbs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 October 2003@09:16:37.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 6 February 2004@00:45:19.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 November 2005@08:36:31.
David Whitehead (modified headword and tr, augmented notes and keywords -- with thanks to Michael Gilleland) on 20 August 2007@09:12:24.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 20 August 2007@11:20:57.
David Whitehead on 31 July 2013@05:22:53.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 2 August 2013@15:15:02.
David Whitehead on 20 May 2016@05:28:10.

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