A man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance

  • Gyorgy Kepes, A man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance, 1952, pencil, gouache, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.156

Title
A man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong...For neither in war nor yet at law ought I or any man to use every means of escaping death ...The difficulty, my friends, is not to avoid death, but to avoid unrighteousness...Wherefore, O judges, be of good cheer about death, and know of a certainty that no evil can happen to a good man in life or after death. --Socrates on doing right or wrong. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
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Date
1952
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Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 16 x 11 7/8 in. (40.7 x 30.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

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  • Abstract
Object Number
1984.124.156
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