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Diogenes of Sinope | Clement, Stromata Book 7 Chapter 4

Diogenes accordingly remarked well to one who wondered at finding a serpent coiled round a pestle: “Don't wonder; for it would have been more surprising if you had seen the pestle coiled round the serpent, and the serpent straight.”

For the irrational creatures must run, and scamper, and fight, and breed, and die; and these things being natural to them, can never be unnatural to us.

  "And many birds beneath the sunbeams walk."

And the comic poet Philemon treats such points in comedy:—

  "When I see one who watches who has sneezed,
  Or who has spoke; or looking, who goes on,
  I straightway in the market sell him off.
  Each one of us walks, talks, and sneezes too,
  For his own self, not for the citizens:
  According to their nature things turn out."

Then by the practice of temperance men seek health: and by cramming themselves, and wallowing in potations at feasts, they attract diseases.

There are many, too, that dread inscriptions set up. Very cleverly Diogenes, on finding in the house of a bad man the inscription, “Hercules, for victory famed, dwells here; let nothing bad enter,” remarked, “And how shall the master of the house go in?”

Source. Translated by William Wilson. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 2. Edited by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1885.)

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