Alexander wept when he heard from Anaxarchus that there was an infinite number of worlds; and his friends asking him if any accident had befallen him, he returns this answer: Do you not think it a matter worthy of lamentation that when there is such a vast multitude of them, we have not yet conquered one?
I, for my own part, had much rather people should say of me that there neither is nor ever was such a man as Plutarch, than that they should say, Plutarch is an unsteady, fickle, froward, vindictive, and touchy fellow.
Note 1. Set a thief to catch a thief.Bohn: A Hand-book of Proverbs. [back]
Note 2. Man in sooth is a marvellous, vain, fickle, and unstable subject.Montaigne: Works, book i. chap. i. That Men by various Ways arrive at the same End. [back]