de imperio: 40 translation


Come now: consider what self-control he has in all other matters. From where do you think he found that great speed and such unbelievable progress? For it was not the outstanding force of the oarsmen or some unheard of skill in piloting or some new winds that carried him so quickly to the ends of the earth; but those things which usually delay the rest did not hinder him; greed did not call him away from the established route to some booty, nor lust to pleasure, nor pleasant surroundings to enjoyment, nor the renown of a city to sightseeing, nor, finally, the toil itself to rest; lastly, the statues and the paintings and the rest of the adornments of Greek towns, which all the others think should be stolen, that man thought those things should not even be seen by him.