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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:9095
AUTHOR:Diogenes Laërtius (fl. early 3d cent.)
QUOTATION:Heraclitus says that Pittacus, when he had got Alcæus into his power, released him, saying, “Forgiveness is better than revenge.” 1
ATTRIBUTION:Pittacus. iii.
 
Note 1.
Quoted by Epictetus (Fragment lxii.), “Forgiveness is better than punishment; for the one is the proof of a gentle, the other of a savage nature.” [back]
 

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