„The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.“

—  Arquíloco, As quoted in The Hedgehog and the Fox (1953) by Isaiah Berlin Variant translations: The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one great thing. The fox knows many tricks; the hedgehog one good one. The fox knows many tricks; and the hedgehog only one; but that is the best one of all.
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πόλλ' οἶδ' ἀλώπηξ, ἐχῖνος δ'ἓν μέγα

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