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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.


  • [A philosopher of the Ionian school, born 500 B.C.; came to Athens, where he was the friend of Pericles, who saved his life from a charge of impiety; banished from Athens, he retired to Lampsacus, where he died 428.]
  • Take it back: if he wished to keep the lamp alive, he should have administered the oil before.

  • When Pericles sent him money, hearing that he was dying of want. He had left Athens with the words, “It is not I who lose the Athenians, but the Athenians me.”
  • Being asked what should be done to honor him after death, he replied, “Give the boys a holiday.”