IV

Most men do not think things in the way they encounter them,
nor do they recognize what they experience,
but believe their own opinions.

Heraclitus

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Walls and the City

Not homes with beautiful roofs,
nor walls  of permanent stone,
nor canals and piers for ships

make the city – but men of strength.

Not stone and timber, nor skill
of carpenter – but men brave
who will handle sword and spear.

With these you have city and walls.

Alkaios