Live According to Reason and Not According to Desires

When someone said to Alcamenes that he lived an impoverished life despite being wealthy and owning much property, Alcamenes responded, “Yes, for it is a noble thing for one who possesses much to live according to reason and not according to his desires.”

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The Meals of Diogenes

A wealthy friend of Diogenes once came upon him as he ate his simple meal.  At this time, Dionysius was the tyrant of Syracuse, and a most powerful man.  “If you would learn to flatter Dionysius,” his friend said, “you wouldn’t need to eat such things.”

“On the contrary,” Diogenes replied.  “If you would learn to eat such things, you wouldn’t need to flatter Dionysius.”