True Excellence and Proud Tribute

If ever a man strives

With all his soul’s endeavor, sparing himself

Neither expense nor labor to attain

True excellence, then must we give to those

Who have achieved the goal, a proud tribute

Of lordly praise, and shun

All thoughts of envious jealousy.

To a poet’s mind the gift is slight, to speak

A kind word for unnumbered toils, and build

For all to share a monument of beauty.

~Pindar (Isthmian I, antistrophe 3)