Diogenes lighted a candle in the daytime, and went round saying, "I am looking for a man.
Socrates said, "Those who want fewest things are nearest to the gods.
When Thales was asked what was difficult, he said, To know one's self. And what was easy, To advise another.
Time is the image of eternity.
Ignorance plays the chief part among men, and the multitude of words.
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.
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.
He used to say that it was better to have one friend of great value than many friends who were good for nothing.
Fortune is unstable, while our will is free.
That man does not possess his estate, but his estate possesses him.
Aristippus said that a wise man's country was the world.
Antisthenes used to say that envious people were devoured by their own disposition, just as iron is by rust.
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.
Sacrifice to the Graces.
Diogenes, when asked from what country he came, replied, "I am a citizen of the world."
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.
As some say, Solon was the author of the apophthegm, "Nothing in excess.
The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them.
Courage, my boy! that is the complexion of virtue.
Whichever you do, you will repent it.
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.
Bias used to say that men ought to calculate life both as if they were fated to live a long and a short time, and that they ought to love one another as if at a future time they would come to hate one another; for that most men were bad.
Bion used to say that the way to the shades below was easy; he could go there with his eyes shut.
Heraclitus says that Pittacus, when he had got Alcæus into his power, released him, saying, "Forgiveness is better than revenge.
One of the sophisms of Chrysippus was, "If you have not lost a thing, you have it.
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