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200. One of the fathers saith, that there is but this difference between the death of old men and young men ; that old men go to death, and death comes to young men. 201. Jason the Thessalian was wont to say,
that some things must be done unjustly, that many things may be done justly.
202. Demetrius king of Macedon, would at times retire himself from business, and give himself wholly to pleasures. One of those his retirings, giving out that he was sick, his father Antigonus came on the sudden to visit him; and met a fair dainty youth coming out of his chamber. When Antigonus came in, Demetrius said ; Sir, the fever left me right now. Antigonus replied, I think it was he that I met at the door.
203. Calo major would say, that wise men learned more by fools, than fools by wise men.
204. When it was said to Anaxagoras; the Athenians have condemned you to die; he said again, And nature them.
205. Alexander, when his father wished him to run for the prize of the race of the Olympian games, (for he was very swift) answered; he would, if he might run with kings.
206 Antigonus used often to go disguised, and to listen at the tents of his soldiers; and at a time heard some that spoke very ill of him. Where
upon he opened the tent a little, and said to them, if you would speak ill of me, you should go a little farther off.
207. Aristippus said ; that those that studied particular sciences, and neglected philosophy ; were like Penelope's woers, that made love to the waiting woman.
208. The ambassadors of Asia minor came to Antonius, after he had imposed upon them a double tax, and said plainly to him, that if he would have two tributes in one year, he must give them two seed-times, and two harvests.
209. An orator of Athens said to Demosthenes; the Athenians will kill
you if they wax mad : Demosthenes replied, and they will kill you if they be in good sense.
210. Epictetus used to say; that one of the vulgar, in any ill that happens to him, blames others; a novice in philosophy blames himself; and a philosopher blames neither the one nor the other.
211. Cæsar, in his book that he made against Cato, (which is lost) did write to shew the force of opinion and reverence, of a man that had once obtained a popular reputation ; that there were some that found Cato drunk, and were ashamed instead of Cato.
212. There was a nobleman said of a great counsellor, that he would have made the worst far
rier in the world; for he never shod a horse, but he cloyed him: for he never commended any man to the king for service, or upon occasion for suit, or otherwise, but that he would come in, in the end, with a but; and drive in a nail to his disadvantage,
213. Diogenes called an ill physician, cock. Why? (saith he,) Diogenes answered; because when you crow, men use to rise.
214. There was a gentleman fell very sick, and a friend of his said to him; surely, you are in danger; I pray send for a physician. But the sick man answered; it is no matter, for if I die, I will die at leisure.
215. Cało the elder, what time many of the Romans had statues erected in their honour, was asked by one in a kind of wonder, why he had none? He answered, he had much rather men should ask and wonder why he had no stalue, than why he had a statue.
216. A certain friend of Sir Thomas More's, taking great pains about a book, which he intended to publish, (being well conceited of his own wit, which no man else thought worthy of commendation); brought it to Sir Thomas More to peruse it, and pass his judgment upon it; which he did: and finding nothing therein worthy the press, he said to him with a grave countenance; that if it were in verse it would be more worthy. Upon which words, he went immediately and turned it
into verse, and then brought it to Sir Thomas again; who looking thereon, said soberly; Yes marry, now it is somewhat; for now it is rhime; whereas before it was neither rhime nor reason.
217. Sir Henry Wotton used to say ; that critics were like brushers of noblemens clothes.
218. Hannibal said of Fabius Maximus, and of Marcellus, whereof the former waited upon him, that he could make no progress, and the latter had many sharp fights with him, that he feared Fabius like a tutor, and Marcellus like an enemy.
219. Phocion, the Athenian, (a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people) one day, when he spake to the people, in one part of his speech, was applauded: whereupon, he turned to one of his friends, and asked; What have I said amiss ?
220. Bion was wont to say ; That Socrates, of all the lovers of Alcibiades, only led him by the
221. There was a philosopher about Tiberius, that looking into the nature of Caius, said of him ; That he was mire mingled with blood.
222. There was a bishop, that was somewhat a delicate person, and bathed twice a day. А friend of his said to him ; my lord, why do you bathe twice a day? The bishop answered ; Because I cannot conveniently bathe thrice.
223. Diogenes was one day in the market-place, with a candle in his hand, and being ask'd; What he sought ? he said, He sought a man.
224. Bias being asked; How a man should order his life? answered; As if a man should live long, or die quickly.
225. Queen Elizabeth was entertained by my lord Burleigh at Theobalds : and at her going away, my lord obtained of the queen, to make seven knights. They were gentlemen of the country, of my lord's friends and neighbours. They were placed in a rank, as the queen
pass by the hall; and to win antiquity of knighthood, in order, as my lord favoured; though indeed the more principal gentlemen were placed lowest. The queen was told of it, and said nothing ; but when she went along, she passed them all by, as far as the skreen, as if she had forgot it: and when she came to the skreen, she seemed to take herself with the manner, and said, I had almost forgot what I promised. With that she turned back, and knighted the lowest first, and so upward. Whereupon Mr. Stanhope of the privy-chamber, a while after told her; Your majesty was too fine for my lord Burleigh. She answered; I have but fulfilled the scripture; the first shall be last, and the last first.