pythian 8

But the man to whom fate has granted some recent success
flies up in great splendour on the wings of deeds of manly
prowess,
and his concerns are with more than riches.
Men’s pleasure swells in a brief space of time,
and likewise falls to the ground, shaken by an adverse judgement.
Creatures of a day! What is man? What is he not?
He is the dream of a shadow; yet when Zeus-sent
brightness comes
a brilliant light shines upon mankind and their life is serene.

Pindar

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