Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek Cynic philosopher.

Thought-Provoking Diogenes Quotes

Virtue cannot dwell with wealth either in a city or in a house. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I also bite my friends in order to save them. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Poverty is a virtue which one can teach oneself. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Young men ought not to marry yet, and old men never ought to marry at all. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

If your cloak was a gift, I appreciate it; if it was a loan, I’m not through with it yet. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Top Diogenes Quotes

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instructs him and the latter takes him to task. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

He has the most who is most content with the least. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

We are more curious about the meaning of dreams than about things we see when awake. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

I am looking for a human. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Stand a little less between me and the sun. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

No man is hurt but by himself. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Lust is a strong tower of mischief, and has in it many defenders, as neediness, anger, paleness, discord, love, and longing. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

The great thieves lead away the little thief. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Popular Diogenes Quotes

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Calumny is only the noise of madmen. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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

The vine bears three kinds of grapes – the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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Ability in man is an apt good, if it be applied to good ends. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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

We come into the world alone and we die alone. Why, in life, should we be any less alone? ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Famous Diogenes Quotes

Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

The mob is the mother of tyrants. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Boasting, like gilded armour, is very different inside from outside. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

People who talk well but do nothing are like musical instruments; the sound is all they have to offer. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

We have complicated every simple gift of the gods. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Behold! I’ve brought you a man. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings? ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

You are a simpleton, Hegesias; you do not choose painted figs, but real ones; and yet you pass over the true training and would apply yourself to written rules. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

If I gained one thing from philosophy, it is that at the very least, I am well prepared to confront any change in fortune. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Great Diogenes Quotes

The noblest people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure, and life; esteeming above them poverty, ignorance, hardship, and death. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

All things are in common among friends. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor, and is an ornament to the rich. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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

To become self-educated, you should condemn yourself for all those things that you would criticize others. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Good men nowhere, but good boys at Sparta. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Antisthenes used to say that envious people were devoured by their own disposition, just as iron is by rust. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves? ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Philosophical Diogenes Quotes

Let us not unlearn what we have already learned. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

I am looking for an honest man. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Love comes with hunger. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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

Modest is the color of virtue. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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 of Sinope.

If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead? ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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

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

Wise Diogenes Quotes

Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you’ve got an audience. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

I am searching for the bones of your father, but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

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Nothing can be produced out of nothing. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

The insult dishonors the one who infers it, not the one who receives it. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

The only way to gall and fret effectively is for yourself to be a good and honest man. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

In a rich man’s house, there is no place to spit but his face. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.

If I gained one thing from philosophy is that at the very least, I am well prepared to confront any change in fortune. ~ Diogenes of Sinope.


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