Many who have not learned wisdom live wisely, and many who do the basest deeds can make most learned speeches.

Democritus (c. 460 BC - c. 370 BC) Greek philosopher
Frag. 53 (Diels) [tr. Bakewell, 1907)]

Alt. trans. "Many who have not learnt Reason, nevertheless live according to reason. Many whose actions are most disgraceful practise the best utterances." [tr. Freeman (1948)].

Bakewell lists this under "The Golden Sayings of Democritus." Freeman notes this as one of the Gnômae, from a collection called "Maxims of Democratês," but because Stobaeus quotes many of these as "Maxims of Democritus," they are generally attributed to the latter.
Added on 29-Dec-20 | Last updated 29-Dec-20
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