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Diogenes Laertius


Native of Laerte in Cilicia, was a biographer of ancient Greek philosophers.
Diogenes Laertius
There is a written and an unwritten law. The one by which we regulate our constitutions in our cities is the written law; that which arises from customs is the unwritten law.
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Asked from what country he came, he replied, "I am a citizen of the world."
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Pittacus said that half was more than the whole.




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In the time of Pythagoras that proverbial phrase Ipse dixit was introduced into ordinary life.
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The chief good he has defined to be the exercise of virtue in a perfect life.
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They also say that God is an animal immortal, rational, perfect, and intellectual in his happiness, unsusceptible of any kind of evil, having a foreknowledge of the universe and of all that is in the universe; however, that he has not the figure of a man; and that he is the creator of the universe, and as it were the Father of all things in common, and that a portion of him pervades everything.
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Apollodorus says, "If any one were to take away from the books of Chrysippus all the passages which he quotes from other authors, his paper would be left empty."
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He used to say that personal beauty was a better introduction than any letter; 18 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".
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The market is a place set apart where men may deceive each other.
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Fortune is unstable, while our will is free.
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He calls drunkenness an expression identical with ruin.




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Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, "Courage, my boy! that is the complexion of virtue."
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Bion used to say that the way to the shades below was easy; he could go there with his eyes shut.
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Anaxagoras said to a man who was grieving because he was dying in a foreign land, "The descent to Hades is the same from every place."
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Of a rich man who was niggardly he said, "That man does not own his estate, but his estate owns him."
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If appearances are deceitful, then they do not deserve any confidence when they assert what appears to them to be true.
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Bion insisted on the principle that "The property of friends is common."
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Antisthenes used to say that envious people were devoured by their own disposition, just as iron is by rust.
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The chief good is the suspension of the judgment, which tranquillity of mind follows like its shadow.
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Very late in life, when he was studying geometry, some one said to Lacydes, "Is it then a time for you to be learning now?" "If it is not," he replied, "when will it be?"


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