Dicta Biantis Prienensis

In speculo te ipsum contemplare, et si formosus apparebis, age quae deceant formam; sin deformis, quod in facie minus est, id morum pensato pulchritudine. Εἰς κάτοπτρον ἐμβλέψας θεώρει, καὶ εἰ μὲν καλὸς φαίνῃ, ἄξια τούτου πρᾶττε, εἰ δὲ αἰσχρὸς, τὸ τῆς ὄψεως ἐλλιπὲς ὡράϊζε καλοκᾀγαθείαις.
De numine ne male loquere, quid sit autem, ausculta. Περὶ θεοῦ μὴ λέγε κακῶς, ὅ τι δ’ ἐστὶν, ἄκουε.
Audito multa. Ἄκουε πολλά.
Loquere pauca. Λάλει ὀλίγα.
Prius intellige et deinde ad opus accede. Νόει καὶ τότε πρᾶττε.
Ne ob divitias laudaris virum indignum. Ανάξιον ἄνδρα μὴ ἐπαινῇς διὰ πλοῦτον.
Persuasione cape, non vi. Πείσας λάβε, μὴ βιασάμενος.
Compara in adolescentia quidem modestiam, in senectute vero sapientiam. Στῆσαι ἐν μὲν νεότητι εὐταξίαν, ἐν δὲ γήρᾳ σοφίαν.

From Opuscula graecorum veterum sententiosa et moralia, p. 148-9.

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