Quotes by Diogenes

No man is hurt but by himself.
- Diogenes
Modesty is the color of virtue.
- Diogenes
Blushing is the color of virtue.
- Diogenes
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The mob is the mother of tyrants.
- Diogenes
Calumny is only the noise of madmen.
- Diogenes
Stand a little less between me and the sun.
- Diogenes
It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
- Diogenes
A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
- Diogenes
The great thieves lead away the little thief.
- Diogenes
I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
- Diogenes
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He has the most who is most content with the least.
- Diogenes
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
- Diogenes
The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.
- Diogenes
The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.
- Diogenes
Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
- Diogenes
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
- Diogenes
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
- Diogenes
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes
I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.
- Diogenes
Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.
- Diogenes
The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them.
- Diogenes
In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.
- Diogenes
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
- Diogenes
There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.
- Diogenes
We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
- Diogenes
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
- Diogenes
I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
- Diogenes
It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
- Diogenes
It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.
- Diogenes
Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.
- Diogenes
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
- Diogenes
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
- Diogenes
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.
- Diogenes
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.
- Diogenes
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.
- Diogenes
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.
- Diogenes
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.
- Diogenes

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