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Diogenes The Cynic Quotes


The most famous of the Cynic philosophers of ancient Greece. No writings of his survive, but his sayings are recorded by Diogenes Laërtius and others. Also known as Diogenes of Sinope
(c. 412 BC - 323 BC)

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"Know thyself," was counted one of the oracles of the Greeks. It was inscribed as one of their three great precepts, in letters of gold, on the temple at Delphos, and regarded as divine.
 

A blush is the color of virtue.
 

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
[Bodies]
 

A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire; not too near, lest he burn; not too far off, lest he freeze.
[Associates]
 

A tyrant never tasteth of true friendship, nor of perfect liberty.
[Tyranny]
 

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.
 

As houses well stored with provisions are likely to be full of mice, so the bodies of those who eat much are full of diseases.
[Gluttony]
 

Blushing is the color of virtue.
 

Calumny is only the noise of madmen.
 

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

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 not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
[Patriotism]
 

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 know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
 

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

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

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

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
 


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