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

Athenaeus fl 200 John Bartlett

    It was a saying of Demetrius Phalereus, that “Men having often abandoned what was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they expected, and have lost what they had,—being unfortunate by an enigmatical sort of calamity.” 1
          The Deipnosophists. vi. 23.
    Every investigation which is guided by principles of Nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach. 2
          The Deipnosophists. vii. 11.
    Dorion, ridiculing the description of a tempest in the “Nautilus” of Timotheus, said that he had seen a more formidable storm in a boiling saucepan. 3
          The Deipnosophists. viii. 19.
    On one occasion some one put a very little wine into a wine-cooler, and said that it was sixteen years old. “It is very small for its age,” said Gnathæna.
          The Deipnosophists. xiii. 47.
    Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness. 4
          The Deipnosophists. xiv. 6.
Note 1.
Said with reference to mining operations. [back]
Note 2.
See Johnson, Quotation 61. [back]
Note 3.
Tempest in a teapot.—Proverb. [back]
Note 4.
See Chapman, Quotation 21. [back]