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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:9152
AUTHOR:Diogenes Laërtius (fl. early 3d cent.)
QUOTATION: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.” 1
ATTRIBUTION:Diogenes. vi.
 
Note 1.
The rich when he is hungry, the poor when he has anything to eat.—Francis Rabelais: book iv. chap. lxiv. [back]
 

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