Written laws are like spiders' webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.

ἃ μηδὲν τῶν ἀραχνίων διαφέρειν, ἀλλ᾽ ὡς ἐκεῖνα τοὺς μὲν ἀσθενεῖς καὶ λεπτοὺς τῶν ἁλισκομένων καθέξειν, ὑπὸ δὲ τῶν δυνατῶν καὶ πλουσίων διαρραγήσεσθαι.


Quoted in Plutarch's Lives, by Plutarch

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Anacharsis, Quoted in "Solon," Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans. 2nd century, ch. 5, sect. 2.

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Anacharsis, Quoted in "Solon," The Rise and Fall of Athens; Nine Greek Lives by Plutarch. Translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert. Penguin, 1960.