Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE)

“Inhibition is no good provider for a needy man,
Inhibition, which does men great harm and great good.
Inhibition attaches to poverty, boldness to wealth.”

  • From Hesiod’s Works and Days (between lines 302-334), translated by M. L. West (Oxford World Classics, 1988, 1999, 2008).

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