When Alexander Asked Diogenes Whether He Wanted Anything, "Yes," Said He, "I Would Have You Stand From Between Me And The Sun.
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 Alexander
Alexander was wont to say, "Were I not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Of the Fortune or Virtue of Alexander the Grea...
Being nimble and light-footed, his father encouraged him to run in the Olympic race.
Yes," said he, "if there were any kings there to run with me....
When Darius offered him ten thousand talents, and to divide Asia equally with him, "I would accept it," said Parmenio, "were I Alexander.
"And so truly would I," said Alexander, "if I were Parmenio....
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...
When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, "Not to unlearn what you have learned.
-- Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) -- Antisthenes, iv...
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....
When he was wounded with an arrow in the ankle, and many ran to him that were wont to call him a god
he said smiling, "That is blood, as you see, and not, as Homer saith, 'such humour as distils from blessed gods....
Bury me on my face," said Diogenes; and when he was asked why, he replied, "Because in a little while everything will be turned upside down.
-- Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) -- Diogenes, vi...
Alexander said, "I assure you I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Life of Alexande...