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Diphilus was a Greek poet and playwright, native of Sinope, and contemporary of Menander (342–291 BC). Most of Diphilus' plays—acclaimed for his comic wit and humor, and about 100 in number—were written and acted at Athens, but he led a wandering life, and died at Smyrna.


Fabulae Incertae[edit]

  • To man no suffering unexpected comes;
    We hold our fortune but from day to day.
    • Fragment 3
  • How senseless is the sordid love of gain;
    Blind to all else the mind that's set on profit.
    • Fragment 13
  • Were there no lust of gain none would be evil.
    • Fragment 14
  • Long time thou'lt toil to gather up the heap
    Which thou canst scatter in a single day.
    • Fragment 19
  • No man's more fortunate than he who's poor,
    Since for the worse his fortune cannot change.
    • Fragment 23
  • Time is of every woe the healer.
    • Fragment 36


  • Harbottle, Thomas Benfield. Dictionary of Quotations (Classical). London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1897.

External links[edit]

  • Encyclopedic article on Diphilus on Wikipedia