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A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire,--not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
As houses well stored with provisions are likely to be full of mice, so the bodies of those that eat much are full of diseases.
I am a citizen of the world.
Modesty is of the color of virtue.
No man is hurt but by himself.
Sleep and Death are brothers.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
- according to Stobaeus [Education]
The truly noble mind has no resentments.
- also attributed to William Shakespeare
The vicious obey their passions, as slaves do their masters.
There is nothing so good to make a horse fat, as the eye of his master.
To arrive at perfection, a man should have very sincere friends, or inveterate enemies; because he would be made sensible of his good or ill conduct either by the censures of the one or the admonitions of the others.
When asked what kind of wine he liked to drink he replied, "That which belongs to another."
- [Wine and Spirits]
Sacrifice to the Graces.
- bk. IV, 6 [Sacrifice]
The sun, too, shines into cesspools, and is not polluted.
- bk. VI, sec. 63 [Sun]
Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, "Courage, my boy; that is the complexion of virtue."
- Diogenes (VI) [Blushes]
When asked what wines he liked to drink he replied, "That which belongs to another."
- Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers--Diogenes
(VI), (Yonge's translation)
[Wine and Spirits]
Of a rich man who was mean and niggardly, he said, "That man does not possess his estate, but his estate possesses him."
- Lives of Eminent Philosophers (Bion, III)
You ask what hope is. He (Aristotle) says it is a waking dream.
- Lives of Eminent Philosophers (bk. V, 18)
It is used to be a common saying of Myson's that men ought not to seek for things in words, but for words in things; for that things are not made on account of words but that words are put together for the sake of things.
- Lives of the Philosophers
(bk. I, Myson, ch. III) [Words]
He calls drunkenness an expression identical with ruin.
- Lives of the Philosophers--Pythagoras (VI)
Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness.
- Plato (XLII) [Virtue]
Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule . . . as making the worse appear the better reason.
- Socrates (V) [Reason]
Thales was asked what was very difficult; he said: "To know one's self."
- Thales (IX) [Knowledge]