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- “Wealth and Poverty,” speech, National… (10,352)
- Agamemnon, ll. 175-183 [tr. Johnston (2007)] (6,708)
- “The Lesson for Today,” A Witness Tree (1942) (6,277)
- “The Triumph of Stupidity” (10 May 1933) (5,678)
- Nobel prize acceptance speech (10 Dec 1962) (4,970)
- “Tips for Teens,” Social Studies (1981) (4,875)
- Letter to Clara Rilke (1 Jan 1907) (4,651)
- “On The Conduct of Life” (1822) (4,637)
- “A Cult of Ignorance,” Newsweek (21 Jan 1980) (4,292)
- Republic, Book 1, 347c (4,278)
- The Problems of Philosophy, ch. 2 “The Existence of Matter” (1912) on
- Discourse on Method [Discours de la méthode], Part 2 (1637) [tr. Cottingham, Stoothoff (1985)] on
- The Imitation of Christ, Book 3, ch. 12, sec. 2 (c. 1418) on
- Heauton Timoroumenos [The Self-Tormentor], Act 4, sc. 5, l. 48 (l. 796) on
- “Reflections on Monogamy,” Prejudices (1919-27) on
- Letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy (13 Nov 1789) on
- The Iliad [Ἰλιάς], Book 9, l. 63ff (9.63-64) [Nestor] (c. 750 BC) [tr. Pope (1715-20)] on
- Inaugural Address (20 Jan 1961) [with Ted Sorensen] on
- Speech, Republican National Convention (7 Jun 1916) on
- “In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire,” Memorial Day address, Keene, New Hampshire (30 May 1884) on
I have no stomach to repeat a long story that has already been plainly told.
[Ἐχθρὸν δέ μοί ἐστιν
αὖτις ἀριζήλως εἰρημένα μυθολογεύειν.]
The Odyssey [Ὀδύσσεια], Book 12, l. 453ff (12.453) [Odysseus] (c. 700 BC) [tr. Verity (2016)]
Original Greek. Alternate translations:
And, for me to grow
A talker-over of my tale again,
Were past my free contentment to sustain.
[tr. Chapman (1616)]
Nor do I love the same tale twice to tell.
[tr. Hobbes (1675)]
Enough: in misery can words avail?
And what so tedious as a twice-told tale?
[tr. Pope (1725)]
I told it yesterday, and hate a tale
Once amply told, then, needless, traced again.
[tr. Cowper (1792), ll. 530-31]
The wordy tale, once told, were hard to tell again.
[tr. Worsley (1861), st. 61]
Distasteful is it to me -- aye again
To harp on tales already clearly told!
[tr. Bigge-Wither (1869)]
It liketh me not twice to tell a plain-told tale.
[tr. Butcher/Lang (1879)]
And irksome 'tis to me
To tell again of matters that told out clearly be.
[tr. Morris (1887)]
And it is irksome to tell a plain-told tale a second time.
[tr. Palmer (1891)]
I hate saying the same thing over and over again.
[tr. Butler (1898)]
And it is hateful [ekhthron] for me to say the same thing over and over again.
[tr. Butler (1898), rev. Power/Nagy]
It is an irksome thing, meseems, to tell again a plain-told tale.
[tr. Murray (1919)]
It goes against my grain to repeat a tale already plainly told.
[tr. Lawrence (1932)]
It goes against the grain with me to repeat a tale already plainly told
[tr. Rieu (1946)]
Those adventures made a long evening, and I do not hold with tiresome repetition of a story.
[tr. Fitzgerald (1961)]
It is hateful to me
to tell a story over again, when it has been well told.
[tr. Lattimore (1965)]
I do not hold with telling over what has been well told.
[tr. Mandelbaum (1990)]
It goes against my grain to repeat a tale told once, and told so clearly.
[tr. Fagles (1996)]
To me it is hateful telling again some tale that has once been told to perfection.
[tr. Merrill (2002)]
It is tedious for me to repeat a tale already plainly told.
[tr. DCH Rieu (2002)]
It is annoying, repeating tales that have been told before.
[tr. Wilson (2017)]
I really dislike repeating a tale that's been clearly narrated on a previous occasion.
[tr. Green (2018)]
And it’s an irritating thing, I think,
to re-tell a story once it’s clearly told.
[tr. Johnston (2019)]
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