Fame and Fortune

SOLON said that a tyranny might be a fair spot but it had no way down from it; meaning, that although absolute power seemed ideal to men, a relinquishment of it generally cost the very life. He, as it were, mocked himself for refusing the power men were willing to offer him because of his reputation.

"Solon was a dreamer, and a man of simple mind; When the gods would give him fortune, he of his own will declined;

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