Amazing Diogenes Quotes and Sayings

Diogenes Quotes

Diogenes, or as also called, Diogenes of Sinope, was a Greek philosopher, and one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy, a Greek philosophical sect that stressed stoic self-sufficiency and the rejection of luxury.

Diogenes behavior and philosophical thoughts made him very popular even though he came from a poor background.

What were Diogenes beliefs?

Diogenes believed in self-control, the importance of personal excellence and in the rejection of all which was considered unnecessary in life, such as personal possessions and social status.

Since he was ardent in his beliefs, he lived according to them, owning nothing. It is said that he took up residence in a large wine cask and seems to have lived off the charity of others.

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What did Diogenes say to Alexander the Great?

His words were often cynical and fearless. When Alexander the Great greeted him and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine.”

What is Diogenes known for?

Diogenes is best known for holding a lantern (or candle) to the faces of the citizens of Athens claiming he was searching for an honest man.

Below, you will find a collection of Diogenes quotes and sayings.

Amazing Diogenes Quotes and Sayings

“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.”

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

“The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master.”

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

“People who talk well but do nothing are like musical instruments; the sound is all they have to offer.”

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

“You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself.”

“I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.”

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

“Blushing is the color of virtue.”

“There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool.”

“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.”

“The health and vigor necessary for the practice of what is good, depend equally on both mind and body.”

“Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy.”

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

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

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

“Virtue cannot dwell with wealth either in a city or in a house.”

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

“Modesty is the color of virtue.”

“If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?”

“If you are to be kept right, you must possess either good friends or red-hot enemies. The one will warn you, the other will expose you.”

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

“The mob is the mother of tyrants.”

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

“We are more curious about the meaning of dreams than about things we see when awake.”

“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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