|Home - Collection of Stories - Famous Stories - Short Stories - Wales Poetry - Yiddish Tales|
Famous StoriesDoctor Goldsmith
There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Gold-smith....
Androclus And The Lion
In Rome there was once a poor slave whose name was An'dro-c...
Here is the story of Mignon as I remember having read it in...
A Laconic Answer
Many miles beyond Rome there was a famous country which we ...
The Black Douglas
In Scotland, in the time of King Robert Bruce, there lived ...
The Barmecide Feast
There was once a rich old man who was called the Bar-me-cid...
He Never Smiled Again
The bark that held the prince went down, The sweep...
The White Ship
King Henry, the Handsome Scholar, had one son, named Willia...
Nearly two thousand years ago there lived in Rome a man who...
The Sons Of William The Conqueror
There was once a great king of England who was called Wil-l...
King John And The Abbot
The 3 Questions. There was once a king of England whose...
Damon And Pythias
A young man whose name was Pyth'i-as had done something whi...
Sir Walter Raleigh
There once lived in England a brave and noble man whose nam...
It was a bright morning in the old city of Rome many hundre...
Whittington And His Cat
The City There was once a little boy whose name was Rich...
The Story Of Cincinnatus
There was a man named Cin-cin-na'tus who lived on a little ...
There was once a very brave man whose name was John Smith. ...
A great army was marching into Swit-zer-land. If it should ...
The Bell Of Atri
A-tri is the name of a little town in It-a-ly. It is a very...
The Sword Of Damocles
There was once a king whose name was Di-o-nys'i-us. He was ...
DIOGENES THE WISE MAN
At Cor-inth, in Greece, there lived a very wise man whose name was
Di-og'e-nes. Men came from all parts of the land to see him and hear
But wise as he was, he had some very queer ways. He did not believe
that any man ought to have more things than he re-al-ly needed; and he
said that no man needed much. And so he did not live in a house, but
slept in a tub or barrel, which he rolled about from place to place.
He spent his days sitting in the sun, and saying wise things to those
who were around him.
At noon one day, Di-og-e-nes was seen walking through the streets with
a lighted lantern, and looking all around as if in search of
"Why do you carry a lantern when the sun is shining?" some one said.
"I am looking for an honest man," answered Diogenes.
When Alexander the Great went to Cor-inth, all the fore-most men in
the city came out to see him and to praise him. But Diogenes did not
come; and he was the only man for whose o-pin-ions Alexander cared.
And so, since the wise man would not come to see the king, the king
went to see the wise man. He found Diogenes in an out-of-the-way
place, lying on the ground by his tub. He was en-joy-ing the heat and
the light of the sun.
When he saw the king and a great many people coming, he sat up and
looked at Alexander. Alexander greeted him and said,--
"Diogenes, I have heard a great deal about your wisdom. Is there
anything that I can do for you?"
"Yes," said Diogenes. "You can stand a little on one side, so as not
to keep the sunshine from me."
This answer was so dif-fer-ent from what he expected, that the king
was much sur-prised. But it did not make him angry; it only made him
admire the strange man all the more. When he turned to ride back, he
said to his officers,--
"Say what you will; if I were not Alexander, I would like to be
Next: THE BRAVE THREE HUNDRED
Previous: ALEXANDER AND BUCEPHALUS