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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Plutarch. (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120) (continued)
 
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    Said Periander, “Hesiod might as well have kept his breath to cool his pottage.” 1
          The Banquet of the Seven Wise Men. 14.
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    Socrates said, “Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.” 2
          How a Young Man ought to hear Poems. 4.
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    And Archimedes, as he was washing, thought of a manner of computing the proportion of gold in King Hiero’s crown by seeing the water flowing over the bathing-stool. He leaped up as one possessed or inspired, crying, “I have found it! Eureka!”
          Pleasure not attainable according to Epicurus. 11.
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    Said Scopas of Thessaly, “We rich men count our felicity and happiness to lie in these superfluities, and not in those necessary things.” 3
          Of the Love of Wealth.
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    That proverbial saying, “Ill news goes quick and far.”
          Of Inquisitiveness.
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    A traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedæmonian, “I do not believe you can do as much.” “True,” said he, “but every goose can.”
          Remarkable Speeches.
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    Spintharus, speaking in commendation of Epaminondas, says he scarce ever met with any man who knew more and spoke less.
          Of Hearing. 6.
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    It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man’s oration,—nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
          Of Hearing. 6.
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    Antiphanes said merrily, that in a certain city the cold was so intense that words were congealed as soon
 
Note 1.
Spare your breath to cool your porridge.—Francis Rabelais: Works, book v. chap. xxviii. [back]
Note 2.
See Fielding, Quotation 10.

He used to say that other men lived to eat, but that he ate to live.—Diogenes Laertius: Socrates, xiv. [back]
Note 3.
See Holmes, Quotation 28. [back]
 

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