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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:569
AUTHOR:Simonides of Ceos (c. 556–468? B.C.)
QUOTATION:Difficult, say you? Difficult to be a man of virtue, truly good, shaped and fashioned without flaw in the perfect figure of four-squared excellence, in body and mind, in act and thought?
ATTRIBUTION:SIMONIDES of Ceos.—The Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles, trans. J. T. Sheppard, Introduction, p. xxxi (1920).
SUBJECTS:Excellence
 
 
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