Good Advice

The avoidance of famine

I suggest you reflect on the clearing of your debts and the avoidance of famine. First, a household… . The utilities in the house must all be got ready, lest you ask another, and he refuse, and you be lacking, and the right time go past, and your cultivation suffer. Do not put things off till tomorrow and the next day. A man of ineffectual labor, a postponer, does not fill his granary; it is application that promotes cultivation, whereas a postponer of labor is constantly wrestling with Blights.

Hesiod, Works and Days (ca. 700 BC)

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