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    The undeserving rich

    Many undeserving men are rich, while their betters are poor. But we will not exchange what we are for what they have, since the one gift abides while the other passes from man to man. Solon (638-559 BC), Greek statesman who reformed the constitution of Athens, freed all who had been enslaved for debt, relieved the city state of poverty and hunger, and laid the foundation for the later emergence of Athenian democracy. Plutarch, Lives of the Noble Greek and Romans (also known as Parallel Lives), circa 110 AD.

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