Epigram 11.388

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ἄχρις ἂν ᾖς ἄγαμος, Νουμήνιε, πάντα δοκεῖ σοι
ἐν τῷ ζῆν εἶναι τῶν ἀγαθῶν ἀγαθά:
εἶθ᾽ ὅταν εἰσέλθῃ γαμετή, πάλιν εὐθὺ δοκεῖ σοι
ἐν τῷ ζῆν εἶναι πάντα κακῶν τὰ κακά.
ἀλλὰ χάριν τεκνίων — ἕξεις, Νουμήνιε, τέκνα,
χαλκὸν ἔχων πτωχὸς δ᾽ οὐδὲ τὰ τέκνα φιλεῖ.

— Paton edition

As long as you are unmarried, Numenius, every-
thing in life seems to you the best of the best, but
when a wife enters the house everything again in
life seems to you at once the worst of the worst.
" But I marry for the sake of having children,” says
he. You will have children, Numenius, if you have
money, but a poor man does not even love his
children.

— Paton edition

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