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For often evil men are rich, and good men poor;
But we will not exchange with them
Our virtue for their wealth since one abides always,
While riches change their owners every day.
Solon (more quotes by Solon or books by/about Solon)
(c.638 BC-558 BC) Athenian statesman, lawmaker, Lyric poet, renowned as a founding father of the Athenian polis, one of the Seven Sages of Greece
Plutarch Solon, ch. 3; translation by Bernadotte Perrin.
Integrity, Poverty, Virtue, Wealth