Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
Perry 530 (Phaedrus
Running swiftly, balancing on the razor's edge, bald but with a lock
of hair on his forehead, he wears no clothes; if you grasp him from the
front, you might be able to hold him, but once he has moved on not even
Jupiter himself can pull him back: this is a symbol of Opportunity, the
brief moment in which things are possible.
Men of old invented this particular image of Time so that our efforts
would not be undermined by laziness or hesitation.
Note: This fable is based on a famous statue of Kairos, 'Opportunity,'
by Lysippus, a famous Greek sculptor of the fourth century B.C.E. (the
statue is described in Posidippus, Anthologia Planudea 275 and Ausonius,
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.