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    gilbuvarkey is offline Newbie
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    Default What does it mean?

    I would prefer even to fail with honor.

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    Hi

    I would prefer to fail with honor. than win by cheating.

    Does this help?

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    Default Re: What does it mean?

    gilbuvarkey.

    The full line from Sophocles helps explain this:
    “I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating”
    or alternatively:
    "Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud."

    He is saying that he would rather act honourably and honestly while trying to achieve something, even if he fails – than to act dishonestly and succeed.

    not a teacher

    ps: sorry about the repeat, I'll leave it up for the Sophocles bit.
    Last edited by JMurray; 27-Mar-2011 at 14:10. Reason: ps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Hi

    I would prefer to fail with honor. than win by cheating.

    Does this help?
    Thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    gilbuvarkey.

    The full line from Sophocles helps explain this:
    “I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating”
    or alternatively:
    "Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud."

    He is saying that he would rather act honourably and honestly while trying to achieve something, even if he fails – than to act dishonestly and succeed.

    not a teacher

    ps: sorry about the repeat, I'll leave it up for the Sophocles bit.
    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by gilbuvarkey View Post
    I would prefer even to fail with honor.
    Welcome to the board, gilbuvarkey.

    In future posts it would be helpful to give your threads meaningful titles and provide some context for your question.

    For example, I would prefer even to fail with honor would have been a better title for this question and you could have gone on to say

    'What does this mean? I read it in a language book.'

    Rover

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    Default Re: What does it mean?

    Hi JM

    Many thanks for the info about Sophocles. It's a very long time since I did Classics "O" level and so didn't immediately recognise the context, although I really should have done.

    Best regards
    R21

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