ζητῶμεν· ἡ δόκησις ἀνθρώποις κακόν.
καὶ τοὐπιχειρεῖν γ᾿ ἐξαμαρτάνειν φιλεῖ.
τίς δ᾿ οὐχὶ χαίρει νηπίοις ἀθύρμασιν;
Stobaeus 4.24.49*272a (= 864 N)
παίζω· μεταβολὰς γὰρ πόνων ἀεὶ φιλῶ.
Aelian, Miscellany 12.15, with attribution to Heracles ‘while holding a baby’272b (= 265 N)
νῦν δ᾿ οἶνος ἐξέστησέ μ᾿· ὁμολογῶ δέ σε ἀδικεῖν, τὸ δ᾿ ἀδίκημ᾿ ἐγένετ᾿ οὐχ ἑκούσιον.
Stobaeus 3.18.19272c (= 270 N) οὐ τῶν κακούργων οἶκτος ἀλλὰ τῆς δίκης.
Let’s try to find one one. Mere supposition does people no good.
And action attempted also tends to go wrong.
Who does not take pleasure in childish toys?
I’m playing; I always like a change from my labours.272b (= 265 N)
As it is, wine made me lose control. I admit I wronged you, but the wrong was not intentional.
Pity is not for criminals but for those in the right.