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τί φήσομεν γάρ, εἰ πόλις μὲν ἀξιοῖ
κίνδυνον ἡμῶν οὕνεκ’ αἴρεσθαι μέγαν,
αὐτοὶ δὲ προστιθέντες ἄλλοισιν πόνους,
παρόν σφε σῶσαι, φευξόμεσθα μὴ θανεῖν;
What will we say, if the city thinks it should take on this great danger for our sake but we give the task to others and flee death when it's possible to save them.
Euripides Children of Heracles 503-6 (108)
ἔτι δέ, ὦ Σώκρατες, οὐδὲ δίκαιόν μοι δοκεῖς ἐπιχειρεῖν πρᾶγμα, σαυτὸν προδοῦναι, ἐξὸν σωθῆναι
Besides, Socrates, it seems to me the thing you are undertaking to do is not even right—betraying yourself when you might save yourself.
Plato Crito 45c (402)
ὁ δ’ ἐς τοσοῦτον μωρίας ἀφίκετο,
ὥστ’, ἐξὸν αὐτῷ τἄμ’ ἑλεῖν βουλεύματα
γῆς ἐκβαλόντι, τήνδ’ ἐφῆκεν ἡμέραν
μεῖναί μ’, ἐν ᾗ τρεῖς τῶν ἐμῶν ἐχθρῶν νεκροὺς
θήσω, πατέρα τε καὶ κόρην πόσιν τ’ ἐμόν.
He is so stupid that, while he could have stopped my plans by exiling me, he has let me stay this one day.
Euripides Medea 371-4 (481)

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