Cicero, on the control group:

Diagoras, surnamed the Atheist, once paid a visit to Samothrace, and a friend of his addressed him thus: "You believe that the gods have no interest in human welfare. Please observe these countless painted tablets; they show how many persons have withstood the rage of the tempest and safely reached the haven because they made vows to the gods." "Quite so," Diagoras answered, "but where are the tablets of those who suffered shipwreck and perished in the deep?"


(Book 3 of _On the Nature of Gods,_ p. 330 in the Poteat translation, 1950)

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