Diogenes and lentils (Tales of Wisdom #11)
The Greek philosopher Diogenes, who is said to have lived in a barrel, is well known for his absolute love of freedom and nature.
One day while he was eating a frugal dish of lentils, he was challenged by the philosopher Aristippus, who, for his part, led a golden life as he was one of the king’s courtiers.
Aristippus scornfully told him, -
-“See, if you learned to crawl before the king, you wouldn’t have to settle for rubbish like this vulgar dish of lentils!”
Diogenes glanced at the lightning bolt and replied:
“If you’d learned to make do with lentils, you wouldn’t have to crawl before the king!”