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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:9148
AUTHOR:Diogenes Laërtius (fl. early 3d cent.)
QUOTATION:One of the sayings of Diogenes was that most men were within a finger’s breadth of being mad; for if a man walked with his middle finger pointing out, folks would think him mad, but not so if it were his forefinger.
ATTRIBUTION:Diogenes. vi.
 

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