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

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Diogenes Laërtius. (fl. early 3d cent.) (continued)
    On one occasion Aristotle was asked how much educated men were superior to those uneducated: “As much,” said he, “as the living are to the dead.” 1
          Aristotle. xi.
    It was a saying of his that education was an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
          Aristotle. xi.
    He was once asked what a friend is, and his answer was, “One soul abiding in two bodies.” 2
          Aristotle. xi.
    Asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, “To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.”
          Aristotle. xi.
    The question was once put to him, how we ought to behave to our friends; and the answer he gave was, “As we should wish our friends to behave to us.”
          Aristotle. xi.
    He used to define justice as “a virtue of the soul distributing that which each person deserved.”
          Aristotle. xi.
    Another of his sayings was, that education was the best viaticum of old age.
          Aristotle. xi.
    The chief good he has defined to be the exercise of virtue in a perfect life.
          Aristotle. xiii.
    He used to teach that God is incorporeal, as Plato also asserted, and that his providence extends over all the heavenly bodies.
          Aristotle. xiii.
    It was a favourite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend. 3
          Theophrastus. x.
    Antisthenes used to say that envious people were devoured by their own disposition, just as iron is by rust.
          Antisthenes. iv.
Note 1.
Quoted with great warmth by Dr. Johnson (Boswell).—Langton: Collectanea. [back]
Note 2.
See Pope, Quotation 306. [back]
Note 3.
See Franklin, Quotation 16. [back]