Periander of Corinth on Moral Law

Be farsighted with everything. – Periander of Corinth

Nothing is impossible to industry. – Periander of Corinth

Live according to your income. – Periander of Corinth

The mind still longs for what it has missed, and loses itself in the contemplation of the past. – Periander of Corinth

Judge of a tree by its fruit, not by its leaves.

He who assists the wicked will in time rue it. – Periander of Corinth

He who has once made himself notorious as utterly unprincipled, is not credited even when he speaks the truth. – Periander of Corinth

He who trusts himself for safety to the care of a wicked man, in seeking succour meets with ruin. – Periander of Corinth

However exalted our position, we should still not despise the powers of the humble. – Periander of Corinth

Judge of a tree by its fruit, not by its leaves. – Periander of Corinth

Liars pay the penalty of their own misdeeds. – Periander of Corinth

Relaxation should at times be given to the mind, the better to fit it for toil when resumed. – Periander of Corinth

Success brings many to ruin. – Periander of Corinth

The soft speeches of the wicked are full of deceit. – Periander of Corinth

The success of the wicked tempts many to sin. – Periander of Corinth

Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt. – Periander of Corinth

To counsel others, and to disregard one's own safety, is folly. – Periander of Corinth

Unless your works lead to profit, vain is your glory in them. – Periander of Corinth

Witty remarks are all very well when spoken at a proper time: when out of place they are offensive. – Periander of Corinth

The useful and the beautiful are never separated. – Periander of Corinth

Periander of Corinth was the tyrant of Corinth in the 7th and 6th Centuries B.C. Under his rule, Corinth knew a golden age of unprecedented stability. He said, "Be farsighted with everything." The laws ascribed to Periander of Corinth here are derived primarily from Diogenes Laertius' The Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, translated by Robert Drew Hicks.

References

Laertius, Diogenes, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers. Translated by Robert Drew Hicks. Boston: Loeb Classical Library edition, Harvard University Press, 1925

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