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Diogenes Laertius


Native of Laerte in Cilicia, was a biographer of ancient Greek philosophers.
Diogenes Laertius
All things are in common among friends.
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Plato was continually saying to Xenocrates, "Sacrifice to the Graces."
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Wealth is the sinews of affairs.




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One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.
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Socrates said, "Those who want fewest things are nearest to the gods."
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Euripides says,—
Who knows but that this life is really death,
And whether death is not what men call life?
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The saying, "Practice is everything," is Periander’s.
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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 flat nails."
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He said that there was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance.
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The Stoics also teach that God is unity, and that he is called Mind and Fate and Jupiter, and by many other names besides.
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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."




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Old age is the harbor of all ills.
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He declared that he knew nothing, except the fact of his ignorance.
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Solon gave the following advice: "Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath. Never tell a lie. Pay attention to matters of importance."
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Epicurus laid down the doctrine that pleasure was the chief good.
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When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, "Not to unlearn what you have learned."
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When a man reproached him for going into unclean places, he said, "The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them."
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He was once asked what a friend is, and his answer was, "One soul abiding in two bodies."
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Democritus says, "But we know nothing really; for truth lies deep down."
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Diogenes said once to a person who was showing him a dial, "It is a very useful thing to save a man from being too late for supper."


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