Diogenes of Sinope Quotes


A friend is a soul that dwells in two bodies.

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or fiery enemies, since the first instructs him and the second leads him to the task.

The blush is the color of virtue.

Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
Diogenes of Sinope Quotes
He has more than he is more satisfied with the minimum.

They call me a dog because I adore those who give me something, I shout to those who refuse and I show my teeth to the rascals.

I have nothing to ask, but you would eliminate the other side, that you can not, by intercepting the sunlight, take away what you can not give.

I do not know anything except the fact of my ignorance.

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

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

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

Man is the most intelligent of animals, and the most foolish.

Most men are one step away from being crazy.

Stay a little less between me and the sun.

The basis of each state is the education of its youth.
Diogenes of Sinope Quotes
The big thieves carry the little thief.

The mafia is the mother of tyrants.

The sun also enters the toilets, but is not contaminated by them.

Why not whip the teacher when the student misbehaves?

Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because wise men need to distinguish them.

I do not know if there are gods, but there should be gods.

Aristotle dines when it suits King Philip, but Diogenes when he likes it.

If you must stay in shape, you must have good friends or red-hot enemies. He will warn you, the other will expose you.

It’s not that I’m angry, it’s just that my head is different from yours.

When people laughed at him because he walked backwards from under the porch, he said to them: Are not you ashamed, you who walk back along the whole path of existence, and blame me for walking backwards as along the path of the walk?

Other dogs bite only their enemies, while I also bite my friends to save them.
Diogenes of Sinope Quotes
Boasting, like a golden armor, is very different from the inside.

The noblest people are those who despise wealth, learning, pleasure and life; estimating poverty, ignorance, difficulties and death over them.

Virtue can not live with wealth neither in a city nor in a house.

Self-taught poverty is an aid to philosophy, since the things that philosophy tries to teach through reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.

Poverty is a virtue that one can teach oneself.

A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire; not too close, not to burn; not far away, so it does not freeze.

Protagoras stated that there are two sides to each question, exactly opposite each other.

The sun also shines in black wells and is not contaminated.

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

Those who have the virtue always in the mouth and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound that pleases others, while he himself is insensitive to music.

We have two ears and a tongue to be able to listen more and talk less.
Diogenes of Sinope Quotes
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.

When I look at the sailors, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; When I see priests and prophets, nothing is as despicable as man.

Wise kings usually have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man who is able to distinguish one.

[When asked what was the right time for dinner] If you’re a rich man, whenever you want; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.

If it were so easy to banish hunger by rubbing your belly like you masturbate.

Calumny is just the noise of the crazy people.

In the house of a rich man there is no place to spit but his face.

Modesty is the color of virtue.

No man is hurt, but alone.

What good is a philosopher that does not harm anyone’s feelings?
Diogenes of Sinope Quotes
The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master.

There is only one finger difference between a wise man and a fool.

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