A Prating Barber Asked Archelaus How He Would Be Trimmed.
A prating barber asked Archelaus how he would be trimmed. He answered,
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD)
Pythagoras, when he was asked what time was, answered that it was the soul of this world.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Platonic Questions, viii, 4...
When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of oratory, he answered, "Actio
and which was the second, he replied, "Action;" and which was the third, he still answered, "Action....
Lampis, the sea commander, being asked how he got his wealth, answered, "My greatest estate I gained easily enough, but the smaller slowly and with much labour.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Whether an Aged Man ought to meddle in State Affai...
When Alexander asked Diogenes whether he wanted anything, "Yes," said he, "I would have you stand from between me and the sun.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Life of Alexande...
Themistocles being asked whether he would rather be Achilles or Homer, said, "Which would you rather be,--a conqueror in the Olympic games, or the crier that proclaims who are conquerors?
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Themistocle...
Diogenes the Cynic, when a little before his death he fell into a slumber, and his physician rousing him out of it asked him whether anything ailed him, wisely answered, "Nothing, si
only one brother anticipates another,--Sleep before Death....
Dionysius the Elder, being asked whether he was at leisure, he replied, "God forbid that it should ever befall me!
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Dionysiu...
When Demaratus was asked whether he held his tongue because he was a fool or for want of words, he replied, "A fool cannot hold his tongue.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Of Demaratu...
Asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, "To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.
-- Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) -- Aristotle, xi...