These decrees of yours are no different from spiders' webs. They'll restrain anyone weak and insignificant who gets caught in them, but they'll be torn to shreds by people with power and wealth.
Discussing Solon's laws with him, as quoted by Plutarch, in Solon ch. 5; translation by Robin Waterfield from Plutarch Greek Lives (1998) p. 50.
The forum [is] an established place for men to cheat one another, and behave covetously.Anacharsis
Under which head do you class those who are at sea?Anacharsis
My country is a disgrace to me, but you are a disgrace to your country.Anacharsis
Better to have one friend of great value, than many friends who were good for nothing.Anacharsis
A vine bears three grapes, the first of pleasure, the second of drunkenness, and the third of repentanceAnacharsis
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