Diogenes Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Normally I am opposed to cynicism but I can see the value of his Greek philosophy. Diogenes believed that real happiness does not come with love, money and worldly possessions. Unconventionally living as a beggar, his perspective is more positive than from real cyanic thoughts and feelings. PewDiePie explains it the best the video below.

Diogenes of Sinope - Ancient History Encyclopedia
  • “Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy, for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “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 of Sinope
  • “A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master.” – Diogenes of Sinoped
  • “Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.” – 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
  • “Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “He has the most who is most content with the least.” – 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
  • “You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “The noblest people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure, and life; esteeming above them poverty, ignorance, hardship, and death.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “Aren’t you ashamed, you who walk backward along the whole path of existence, and blame me for walking backward along the path of the promenade?” – Diogenes of Sinope
  • “The only way to gall and fret effectively is for yourself to be a good and honest man.” – 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

“I am looking for a [honest] man.” – was common when Diogenes was caught with a lamp in broad daylight.



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