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εἰ δὲ διαφθερεῖτε τὸν δῆμον τὸν Μυτιληναίων, ὃς οὔτε μετέσχε τῆς ἀποστάσεως, ἐπειδή τε ὅπλων ἐκράτησεν, ἑκὼν παρέδωκε τὴν πόλιν, πρῶτον μὲν ἀδικήσετε τοὺς εὐεργέτας κτείνοντες, ἔπειτα καταστήσετε τοῖς δυνατοῖς τῶν ἀνθρώπων ὃ βούλονται μάλιστα·
If you go and destroy the demos of Mytilene, which did not take part in the rebellion and which, as soon as it laid hands on some weapons willingly surrendered the city to you, you will first be wronging your own supporters, and second, you will be handing those in power exactly what they want.
Thucydides Histories 3. 47 (166)
μὴ σπεῖρε τέκνων ἄλοκα δαιμόνων βίᾳ·
εἰ γὰρ τεκνώσεις παῖδ’, ἀποκτενεῖ σ’ ὁ φύς,
Do not sow the furrow of children against the will of the gods.
If you bear a child, the child will kill you.
Euripides Phoenician Women 18-19 (233)
τῆς γὰρ ἐπιούσης νυκτὸς πάντα ταῦτα δεῖ πεπρᾶχθαι, εἰ δ’ ἔτι περιμενοῦμεν, ἀδύνατον καὶ οὐκέτι οἷόν τε.
All this must be done in the coming night. And if we delay it can no longer be done.
Plato Crito 46a (408)
Τροφόςἀπωλόμεσθ’ ἄρ’, εἰ κακὸν προσοίσομεν
νέον παλαιῷ , πρὶν τόδ’ ἐξηντληκέναι
Nurse: We are done for, it seems, if we add this new trouble to our old ones before we've weathered those
Euripides Medea 78-79 (426)
ταύταις δή φαμεν καὶ σέ, ὦ Σώκρατες, ταῖς αἰτίαις ἐνέξεσθαι, εἴπερ ποιήσεις ἃ ἐπινοεῖς,
We say that you, Socrates, will be exposed to these reproaches, if you do what you have in mind,
Plato Crito 52a (450)
προυννέπω δέ σοι,
εἴ σ’ ἡ ’πιοῦσα λαμπὰς ὄψεται θεοῦ
καὶ παῖδας ἐντὸς τῆσδε τερμόνων χθονός,
I warn you: if the coming dawn finds you and your children still within the bounds of this land, you will die.
Euripides Medea 351-4 (480)

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