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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Diogenes Laërtius. (fl. early 3d cent.) (continued)
 
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    Nothing can be produced out of nothing. 1
          Diogenes of Apollonia. ii.
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    Xenophanes speaks thus:—
And no man knows distinctly anything,
And no man ever will.
          Pyrrho. viii.
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    Democritus says, “But we know nothing really; for truth lies deep down.”
          Pyrrho. viii.
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    Euripides says,—
Who knows but that this life is really death,
And whether death is not what men call life?
          Pyrrho. viii.
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    The mountains, too, at a distance appear airy masses and smooth, but seen near at hand, they are rough. 2
          Pyrrho. ix.
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    If appearances are deceitful, then they do not deserve any confidence when they assert what appears to them to be true.
          Pyrrho. xi.
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    The chief good is the suspension of the judgment, which tranquillity of mind follows like its shadow.
          Pyrrho. xi.
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    Epicurus laid down the doctrine that pleasure was the chief good.
          Epicurus. vi.
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    He alludes to the appearance of a face in the orb of the moon.
          Epicurus. xxv.
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    Fortune is unstable, while our will is free.
          Epicurus. xxvii.
 
Athenaeus. (fl. c. 200)
 
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    It was a saying of Demetrius Phalereus, that “Men having often abandoned what was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they expected, and have lost what they had,—being unfortunate by an enigmatical sort of calamity.” 3
          The Deipnosophists. vi. 23.
 
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, King Lear, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 2.
See Campbell, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 3.
Said with reference to mining operations. [back]
 

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