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Diogenes of Sinope | Aelian, Varia Historia X.11

Chap. XI. Of Diogenes having a pain in his Shoulder. Diogenes had a pain in his Shoulder by some hurt, as I conceive, or from some other cause : and seeming to be much troubled, one that was present being vexed at him, derided him, saying, “Why then do you not die, Diogenes, and free your self from ills?” He answered, “It was fit those persons who knew what was to be done and said in life, (of which he professed himself one) should live. Wherefore for you (saith he) who know neither what is fit to be said or done, it is convenient to die ; but me, who know these things, it behoveth to live.”

Source: Thomas Stanley, translator (1665) Claudius Aelianus His Various History

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