A traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, “I do not believe you can do as much.”
“True,” said he, “but every goose can.”- Plutarch, Greek historian, 46 – 120 AD (attributed)
Lacedaemonian – person from Sparta
goose – large long-necked aquatic bird (family Anatidae)
He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.
– You need to be very careful if or when you must associate with bad people.
sups – eats, has a meal (i.e. supper)
Learn to live with = accept a new but unpleasant situation that you cannot change
Since we moved to the country I now have to commute to work every day. I really don’t enjoy it, but I’ve learnt to live with it.