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- “Wealth and Poverty,” speech, National… (9,494)
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- “The Lesson for Today,” A Witness Tree (1942) (6,191)
- “The Triumph of Stupidity” (10 May 1933) (5,514)
- Nobel prize acceptance speech (10 Dec 1962) (4,940)
- “On The Conduct of Life” (1822) (4,598)
- “Tips for Teens,” Social Studies (1981) (4,597)
- Letter to Clara Rilke (1 Jan 1907) (4,538)
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- “A Cult of Ignorance,” Newsweek (21 Jan 1980) (4,001)
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- A Writer’s Notebook (1949) on
- The Odyssey [Ὀδύσσεια], Book 6, l. 180ff (6.180) [Odysseus to Nausicaa] (c. 700 BC) [tr. Rieu (1946)] on
- Meditations, Book 2, #11 [tr. Gill (2014)] on
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- Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs, #3366 (1732) on
- In “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction,” The Guardian (20 Feb 2010) on
In form of Stentor of the brazen voice,
Whose shout was as the shout of fifty men.
[Στέντορι εἰσαμένη μεγαλήτορι χαλκεοφώνῳ,
ὃς τόσον αὐδήσασχ’ ὅσον ἄλλοι πεντήκοντα.]
The Iliad [Ἰλιάς], Book 5, l. 785ff (5.785-786) (c. 750 BC) [tr. Derby (1864)]
Stentor the strong, endued with brazen lungs,
Whose throat surpassed the force of fifty tongues.
[tr. Pope (1715-20)]
Stentor for his voice
Of brass renown’d, audible as the roar
Of fifty throats.
[tr. Cowper (1791), ll. 931-33]
Great-hearted, brazen-voiced Stentor, who was accustomed to shout as loud as fifty other men.
[tr. Buckley (1860)]
Great-hearted Stentor with voice of bronze, whose cry was loud as the cry of fifty other men.
[tr. Leaf/Lang/Myers (1891)]
who could cry out in as great a voice as fifty other men
[tr. Lattimore (1951)]
Stentor, whose brazen lungs could give a battle-shout as loud as fifty soldiers.
[tr. Fitzgerald (1974)]
Stentor, a lord greathearted and bronze-voiced,
one who was always shouting as loudly as shout fifty others.
[tr. Merrill (2007)]
The brazen voice of great-lunged Stentor
who cries out with the blast of fifty other men.
[tr. Fagles (1990), ll. 903-04]
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