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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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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."