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Aristippus of Cyrene and Diogenes of Sinope were contemporary philosophers in 4th century BC Greece. Aristippus preached pleasure as the greatest good and had a prominent position under the powerful ruler of Syracuse in Sicily, Dionysius. Diogenes, for his part, held that all possessions were corrupting and held to a life of rigid virtue, which he taught could be achieved only in poverty.

Aristippus once met Diogenes when the latter was engaged in washing lentils prior to making the soup that formed the main article of his diet.

"Oh, Diogenes," said Aristippus, "if you could but learn to do such a small thing as flattering Dionysius, you would not have the sad fate of living on lentils."

To which Diogenes answered, "Oh, Aristippus, if you could but learn to do such a small thing as living on lentils, you would not have the sad fate of having to flatter Dionysius."

--------------- A Final Thought ...

"Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it."

- Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), U.S. clergyman, author