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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Diogenes Laërtius. (fl. early 3d cent.) (continued)
    Arcesilaus had a peculiar habit while conversing of using the expression, “My opinion is,” and “So and so will not agree to this.”
          Arcesilaus. xii.
    Bion used to say that the way to the shades below was easy; he could go there with his eyes shut.
          Bion. iii.
    Once when Bion was at sea in the company of some wicked men, he fell into the hands of pirates; and when the rest said, “We are undone if we are known,”—“But I,” said he, “am undone if we are not known.”
          Bion. iii.
    Of a rich man who was niggardly he said, “That man does not own his estate, but his estate owns him.”
          Bion. iii.
    Bion insisted on the principle that “The property of friends is common.” 1
          Bion. ix.
    Very late in life, when he was studying geometry, some one said to Lacydes, “Is it then a time for you to be learning now?” “If it is not,” he replied, “when will it be?”
          Lacydes. v.
    Aristotle was once asked what those who tell lies gain by it. Said he, “That when they speak truth they are not believed.”
          Aristotle. xi.
    The question was put to him, what hope is; and his answer was, “The dream of a waking man.” 2
          Aristotle. xi.
    He used to say that personal beauty was a better introduction than any letter; 3 but others say that it was Diogenes who gave this description of it, while Aristotle called beauty “the gift of God;” that Socrates called it “a short-lived tyranny;” Theophrastus, “a silent deceit;” Theocritus, “an ivory mischief;” Carneades, “a sovereignty which stood in need of no guards.”
          Aristotle. xi.
Note 1.
All things are in common among friends.—Diogenes (page 763). [back]
Note 2.
See Prior, Quotation 17. [back]
Note 3.
See Publius Syrus, Quotation 23. [back]