|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 13401400)|
|QUOTATION:||Of harmes two the lesse is for to cheese. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Troilus and Creseide. Book ii. Line 470.|
Of two evils the less is always to be chosen.Thomas à Kempis: Imitation of Christ, book ii. chap. xii. Richard Hooker: Polity, book v. chap. lxxxi.
Of two evils I have chose the least.Matthew Prior: Imitation of Horace.
E duobus malis minimum eligendum (Of two evils, the least should be chosen).Erasmus: Adages. Cicero: De Officiis, iii. 1. [back]