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Diogenes Quotes

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412 BC - 323 BC
Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

Blushing is the color of virtue.


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


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


It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.


Stand a little less between me and the sun.


A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.


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.


The mob is the mother of tyrants.


The great thieves lead away the little thief.


Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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