(49) Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed.
(50) The straight and the crooked path of the fuller's comb is one and the same.
(51) Asses would rather have straw than gold. R. P. 37 a.
(51a) Oxen are happy when they find bitter vetches to eat. R. P. 48
(52) The sea is the purest and the impurest water. Fish can drink it, and it is good for them; to men it is undrinkable and destructive. R. P. 47 c.
(53) Swine wash in the mire, and barnyard fowls in dust.
(54) . . . to delight in the mire.
(55) Every beast is driven to pasture with blows.
(56) Same as 45.
(57) Good and ill are one. R. P. 47 c.
(58) Physicians who cut, burn, stab, and rack the sick, demand a fee for it which they do not deserve to get. R. P. 47 c.
(59) Couples are things whole and things not whole, what is drawn together and what is drawn asunder, the harmonious and the discordant. The one is made up of all things, and all things issue from the one.
(60) Men would not have known the name of justice if these things were not.
(61) To God all things are fair and good and right, but men hold some things wrong and some right. R. P. 45.
(62) We must know that war is common to all and strife is justice, and that all things come into being and pass away (?) through strife.
(64) All the things we see when awake are death, even as all we see in slumber are sleep. R. P. 42c.
- See Bywater in Journ. Phil. ix. p. 230.
- On fr. 55 see Diels in Berl. Sitzb., 1901, p. 188.
- I now read ἐπαιτέονται with Bernays and Diels.
- On fr. 59 see Diels in Berl. Sitzb., 1901, p. 188. The reading συνάψιες seems to be well attested and gives an excellent sense. The alternative reading συλλάψιες is preferred by Hoffmann, Gr. Dial. iii. 240.
- By "these things" he probably meant all kinds of injustice.
- Diels supposes that fr. 64 went on ὁκόσα δὲ τεθνηκότες ζωή. "Life, Sleep, Death is the threefold ladder in psychology, as in physics Fire, Water, Earth."