S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
[Surnamed the one-eyed, a general of Alexander the Great; born in Macedon about 382 B.C.; obtained after Alexanders death Lycia and other provinces; made himself master of a large portion of Asia, but was opposed by successive coalitions, by the last of which he was defeated and slain at Ipsus in Phrygia, 301.]
To Aristodemus, supposed to be a cooks son, who advised him to moderate his gifts and expenses.PLUTARCH: Apothegms. So Pytheas, the orator, said of the orations of Demosthenes, They smell of the lamp, alluding to the underground cave to which the orator retired for study, and which was lighted by a lamp. Demosthenes retorted sharply, Yes, indeed; but your lamp and mine, my friend, are not conscious of the same labors.Life of Demosthenes.
When urged to put a garrison into Athens, to keep the Greeks in subjection, Antigonus replied, I have not a stronger garrison than the affections of my people.
He corrected a sycophant who told him that the will of kings was the rule of justice: No: rather justice is the rule of the will of kings.
Coming up behind Antagoras the poet, who was boiling a conger-eel, the king asked, Do you think, Antagoras, that Homer boiled congers when he wrote the deeds of Agamemnon? To which Antagoras replied, Do you think, O king, that Agamemnon, when he did such exploits, was peeping in his army to see who boiled congers?Apothegms.
When Thrasyllus the cynic begged a drachm of him, That, said Antigonus, is too little for a king to give.Then give me a talent [6,000 drachms].That is too much for a cynic [i.e., a dog] to receive.Ibid.