got me through ‘Nam in style.
Reenactors from World War One, the Napoleonic Wars, the post-Marian Roman period and the early Medieval era take to the London tube to promote English Heritage.
— Calgacus, Chief of the Britions opposing Legate Julius Agricola (via primus-pilus)
When asked what was the right age for marriage, Diogenes replied: “For a young man, not yet; for an old man, not at all.”
When asked how he would like to be buried, Diogenes replied ‘face downwards’, when asked why, he explained that the Macedonians were rising in power so rapidly that the world would shortly be turned upside down and he would then be the right way up.
Diognes was breakfasting in the market place, and the bystanders gathered round him with cries of “dog.” “It is you who are dogs,” said Diogenes, “when you stand round and watch me at my breakfast.”
Some one wanted to study philosophy under him. Diogenes gave him a tunafish to carry and told him to follow him. And when for shame the man threw it away and departed, some time after on meeting him he laughed and said, “The friendship between you and me was broken by a tuna.”
Once, when watching an bad bowman at an archery contest, Diogenes walked over and sat down right next to the target, explaining that it was the only place where he felt safe.
When Diogenes noticed a whore’s son hucking rocks at crowd, Diogenes said to him “Careful, son. Don’t hit your father.”
One day Diogenes shouted out for men, and when people gathered, hit out at them with his stick, saying, “It was men I called for, not scoundrels.”
Diogenes was particularly upset by rich decorations, and at one rich man’s house, on finding himself surrounded by expensive carpets and sumptuous cushions, Diogenes spat in the owner’s face, and then wiped it with his rough cloak and apologized, saying it was the only dirty place in the room he could find to spit.
After being banished from Sinope, Diogenes said, “The Sinopeans have condemned me to banishment; I condemn them to stay at home!”
When Lysias the druggist asked him if he believed in the gods,” How can I help believing in them,” said he, “when I see a god-forsaken wretch like you?”
He was asking alms of a bad-tempered man, who said, “Yes, if you can persuade me.” “If I could have persuaded you,” said Diogenes, “I would have persuaded you to hang yourself.”
When some strangers expressed a wish to see Demosthenes, he stretched out his middle finger and said, “There goes the demagogue of Athens.”
At a feast certain people kept throwing all the bones to Diogenes as they would to a dog. He played a dog’s trick and urinated on them.
Being asked what creature’s bite is the worst, he said, “Of those that are wild, a sycophant’s; of those that are tame, a flatterer’s”.