Epigram 11.154

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πᾶς ὃς ἂν ᾖ πτωχὸς καὶ ἀγράμματος, οὐκέτ᾽ ἀλήθει,
ὡς τὸ πρίν, οὐδ᾽ αἴρει φορτία μισθαρίου:
ἀλλὰ τρέφει πώγωνα, καί, ἐκ τριόδου ξύλον ἄρας,
τῆς ἀρετῆς εἶναι φησὶν πρωτοκύων.

Ἑρμοδότου τόδε δόγμα τὸ πάνσοφον εἴ τις ἀχαλκεῖ,
μηκέτι πεινάτω, θεὶς τὸ χιτωνάριον.

— Paton edition

Everyone who is poor and illiterate does not
grind corn as formerly or carry burdens for small pay, but grows a beard and picking up a stick from the cross-roads, calls himself the chief dog of virtue. This is the sage pronouncement of Hermodotus, “ If anyone is penniless, let him throw off his shirt and no longer starve.”

— Paton edition

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