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Quotes by Diogenes

  • Greek philosopher
  • Born 412 BC
  • Died 323 BC

Diogenes (; Greek: Διογένης, Diogenēs [di.oɡénɛ͜ɛs]), also known as Diogenes the Cynic (Ancient Greek: Διογένης ὁ Κυνικός, Diogenēs ho Kynikos), was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. He was born in Sinope, an Ionian colony on the Black Sea, in 412 or 404 BC and died at Corinth in 323 BC.Diogenes was a controversial figure. His father minted coins for a living, and Diogenes was banished from Sinope when he took to debasement of currency. After being exiled, he moved to Athens and criticized many cultural conventions of the city.

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.

Modesty is the color of virtue.

Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.

The great thieves lead away the little thief.

Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.

I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.

Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.

Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.

When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.

I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals.

The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.

It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.

Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?

In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.

Blushing is the color of virtue.

There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.

The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.

Stand a little less between me and the sun.

He has the most who is most content with the least.

The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them.

I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.

Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.

I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.

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