Choose rather honesty poverty, than dishonest riches, as the latter only profits the possessor in life, but the first crowns the very dead with fame and glory.
Variant: Approve of just poverty more than of unjust wealth; for justice is so much better than riches, in that riches benefit only the living, but justice wins glory even for the dead.
(Letter to Demonicus)


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