34 Remarkable Diogenes Quotes

34 Remarkable Diogenes Quotes

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Diogenes was a philosopher from 400 BC who founded Cynic philosophy. He was exiled from his home town of Sinope when he wanted to debase currency, he then moved Athens. He often criticized the social values of society. This criticism made him a highly controversial person in history. He died in 323 BC at the age of 89.

“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.”

“Blushing is the color of virtue.”

“Calumny is only the noise of madmen.”

“Good men nowhere, but good boys at Sparta.”

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

“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.”

“I am like a teacher of choruses who has to sing louder than the rest in order they may get the right note.”

“I am looking for a human.”

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

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

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

“I wish it were as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly.”

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

“It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.”

“It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.”

“It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.”

“Man is the most intelligent of the animals — and the most silly.”

“Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad.”

“No man is hurt but by himself.”

“Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.”

“Poverty is a virtue which one can teach oneself.”

“Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy, for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.
stand a little out of my sunshine.”

“Tell me, to what do you attribute your great poverty?”

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

“The mob is the mother of tyrants.”

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

“Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music.”

“We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”

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

“Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?”

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