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Diogenes The Cynic Quotes


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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.
 

Modesty is the color of virtue.
[Modesty]
 

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

No man is hurt but by himself.
[Injury]
 

Of a rich man who was mean and niggardly, he said, "That man does hot possess his estate, but his estate possesses him."
 

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

Stand a little less between me and the sun.
 

Thales was asked what was most difficult to man; he answered: "To know one's self."
[Self Knowledge]
 

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

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

The great thieves lead away the little thief.
 

The mob is the mother of tyrants.
 

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil ignorance.
[Knowledge]
 

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

The vicious obey their passions as slaves do their masters.
[Vice]
 

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

There is nothing so good to make a horse fat, as the eye of his master.
 

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

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.
 


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