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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Diogenes Laërtius. (fl. early 3d cent.) (continued)
 
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    When he was praised by some wicked men, he said, “I am sadly afraid that I must have done some wicked thing.” 1
          Antisthenes. iv.
9145
    When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, “Not to unlearn what you have learned.”
          Antisthenes. iv.
9146
    Diogenes would frequently praise those who were about to marry, and yet did not marry.
          Diogenes. iv.
9147
    “Bury me on my face,” said Diogenes; and when he was asked why, he replied, “Because in a little while everything will be turned upside down.”
          Diogenes. vi.
9148
    One of the sayings of Diogenes was that most men were within a finger’s breadth of being mad; for if a man walked with his middle finger pointing out, folks would think him mad, but not so if it were his forefinger.
          Diogenes. vi.
9149
    All things are in common among friends. 2
          Diogenes. vi.
9150
    “Be of good cheer,” said Diogenes; “I see land.”
          Diogenes. vi.
9151
    Plato having defined man to be a two-legged animal without feathers, Diogenes plucked a cock and brought it into the Academy, and said, “This is Plato’s man.” On which account this addition was made to the definition,—“With broad at nails.”
          Diogenes. vi.
9152
    A man once asked Diogenes what was the proper time for supper, and he made answer, “If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.” 3
          Diogenes. vi.
9153
    Diogenes lighted a candle in the daytime, and went round saying, “I am looking for a man.” 4
          Diogenes. vi.
 
Note 1.
See Plutarch, Quotation 101. [back]
Note 2.
See Terence, Quotation 39. Also, Quotation 45. [back]
Note 3.
The rich when he is hungry, the poor when he has anything to eat.—Francis Rabelais: book iv. chap. lxiv. [back]
Note 4.
The same is told of Æsop. [back]
 

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