A Love of Lentils: A Recipe for Freedom

The philosopher Diogenes was sitting on a curbstone, eating bread and lentils for his supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king.

Said Aristippus, “If you would learn to be subservient to the king, you would not have to live on lentils.”

Said Diogenes, “Learn to live on lentils, and you will not have to be subservient to the king.”

-Louis Israel Newman

As luck would have it, I happen to love lentils, literally and metaphorically! How about you?

7 thoughts on “A Love of Lentils: A Recipe for Freedom

  1. I came across this quote/story/allegory in the early 1990s when I was reading a book called “The Spirituality of Imperfection.” It’s the only thing I recall from the book! But it seemed spot on to me then and still is today. 🙂


      1. Oh, thank you for noticing! The pattern is Taylorstone “Cathay”. It’s part of my full service for eight set (plus serving bowls, tea & creamer!) I purchased at a junk shop in 2001 for a mere $45. I used them exclusively for over ten years. They hold up beautifully.


  2. I have to be in the mood for lentils. BUT, I do love the red ones. They have a milder flavor and are quicker to cook. I used to have a recipe using red lentils that was slightly spicy and I loved it but I’ve lost it somehow and can’t find it online anymore.

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