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And it happened that someone came to speak with reproach about the fact that he had been exiled. But Diogenes replied abruptly, saying: “No, you dense fellow, that is how I came to be a philosopher.” And when someone reminded him that it was his own people of Sinope who had sentenced him to exile, he responded: “As I sentenced them, to tedious domesticity.”
–Diogenes Laërtius, The Life of Diogenes of Sinope pt 49 in the Loeb Library edition of the Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers in Ten Books, vol. 2, p. 51 (ca. 230 CE)
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A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”