Quotes Suitable for Framing: Archilochus

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The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one big thing.

Archilochus, Greek Poet, Fragment, (680BC-645BC)

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5 Comments

  1. I wonder if the ‘thing(s)’ are referring to prey, meaning the fox finds prey and the hedgehog is prey. Saw the movie “Born Free” aired this week; a hedgehog was the first meal in the wild for Elsa as she was being returned to her natural habitat. She just had to run to catch it. Archilochus may have been typing people – but I don’t know whether a hedgehog is carnivorous.

  2. The fox knows many things, for to survive has has to know the different tactics of his prey, to avoid him.
    The hedgehog simply knows the big one – how to survive against a predator..
    PM. Hedgehogs live mainly on snails, slugs and other insect pests – that’s why gardeners like to have hedgehogs around their gardens.

  3. “The fox knows many things, for to survive has has to know the different tactics of his prey, to avoid him.
    The hedgehog simply knows the big one – how to survive against a predator.”

    That occurred to me last night Don! The Greek poet, who was not in the heroic mode, occasionally wrote about war, so I think your conclusion is probably what he was referring to.

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