"Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain;
for the one is painful but once,
but the other for one's whole life."
Chilon of Sparta
Chilon of Sparta (Χίλων) was a Lacedaemonian, son of Damagetus and one of the Seven Sages of Greece. He was elected an ephor in Sparta in 556/5 BC
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 -- cj, 45601      
Chilon was never a CEO who had to face his stockholders over that "honest" loss; however, i still feel he is right!
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    It's a tough one to live up to. Imagine Citibank refusing a bailout!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Integrity of an honest man - a rare breed indeed. Where it is now stare decisis law absolute - it is OK for attorneys and any government official to lie in court (as long as he is not called on it to harshly, no remedy). It is official statute now that the government can pass falsehoods as propaganda (anywhere, anytime, by any means) and be as dishonest as they wish to accomplish any gain they seek. Amerika, the antithesis to the quote.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A loss acute only to those individuals whose consciences remain operable.

    To many others, dishonest gain is the stuff and staff of life.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Jim K, Austin      
    Patrick Henry, Red Hill, is never at a loss for words. Acute indeed. Never have I seen, a ministry before, so involved with that which is just and rightfully true, an open forum with so many ears. I do not believe Chilon, the ephor , was a tyrant, though an overseer. Tempted as all, in a circle of authority, the likes of the UN, IMF, Federal Reserve,Citibank, FBI, and other agencies test the waters constantly. It is a big world on the other side of the pc. The knowledge is worth more than the money short lived. stakes are extremely high. One's life. It is a good thing I do the things I do, and not for money sake. And woe unto me, if I do it not. Time to drain the Swamp, and be about getting the job done ! Are we on the same page ? I think so. As for a rare breed, the "charge" ( paraggelia, mishmereth ) is not for personal use, you find out going in, early on. Semper Fi and God Bless
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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