Once when Bion was at sea in the company of some wicked men, he fell into the hands of pirates; and when the rest said, We are undone if we are known,But I, said he, am undone if we are not known.
He used to say that personal beauty was a better introduction than any letter;3 but others say that it was Diogenes who gave this description of it, while Aristotle called beauty the gift of God; that Socrates called it a short-lived tyranny; Theophrastus, a silent deceit; Theocritus, an ivory mischief; Carneades, a sovereignty which stood in need of no guards.
Note 1. All things are in common among friends.Diogenes (page 763). [back]