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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Diogenes Laërtius. (fl. early 3d cent.) (continued)
 
9103
    It was a common saying of Myson that men ought not to investigate things from words, but words from things; for that things are not made for the sake of words, but words for things.
          Myson. iii.
9104
    Epimenides was sent by his father into the field to look for a sheep, turned out of the road at mid-day and lay down in a certain cave and fell asleep, and slept there fifty-seven years; and after that, when awake, he went on looking for the sheep, thinking that he had been taking a short nap. 1
          Epimenides. ii.
9105
    There are many marvellous stories told of Pherecydes. For it is said that he was walking along the seashore at Samos, and that seeing a ship sailing by with a fair wind, he said that it would soon sink; and presently it sank before his eyes. At another time he was drinking some water which had been drawn up out of a well, and he foretold that within three days there would be an earthquake; and there was one.
          Pherecydes. ii.
9106
    Anaximander used to assert that the primary cause of all things was the Infinite,—not defining exactly whether he meant air or water or anything else.
          Anaximander. ii.
9107
    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.”
          Anaxagoras. vi.
9108
    Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule in his comedies, as making the worse appear the better reason. 2
          Socrates. v.
9109
    Often when he was looking on at auctions he would say, “How many things there are which I do not need!”
          Socrates. x.
9110
    Socrates said, “Those who want fewest things are nearest to the gods.”
          Socrates. xi.
 
Note 1.
The story of Rip van Winkle. [back]
Note 2.
See Milton, Quotation 41. [back]
 

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