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How is it, Maecenas, that no one lives contented with his lot, whether he has planned it for himself or fate has flung him into it, but yet he praises those who follow different paths?
How comes it, Maecenas, that no man living is content with the lot that either his choice has given him, or chance has thrown in his way, but each has praise for those who follow other paths?
It is not the least praise to have pleased leading men. Not everyone is lucky enough to get to Corinth.
The Muse gave the Greeks their native character, and allowed them to speak in noble tones, they who desired nothing but praise.
In Rome you long for the country; in the country— oh inconstant! —you praise the distant city to the stars.
How light, how small is the thing which casts down or restores a mind greedy for praise.
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