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Diogenes of Sinope


Most famous of the Cynic philosophers of ancient Greece.
Diogenes of Sinope
Once he saw the officials of a temple leading away some one who had stolen a bowl belonging to the treasurers, and said, "The great thieves are leading away the little thief."
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Poverty is a virtue which one can teach oneself.
Diogenes of Sinope
To the question what wine he found pleasant to drink, he replied, "That for which other people pay."




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Being asked where in Greece he saw good men, he replied, "'Good men nowhere, but good boys at Sparta."
Diogenes of Sinope
To Xeniades, who had purchased Diogenes at the slave market, he said, "Come, see that you obey orders."
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Boasting, like gilded armour, is very different inside from outside.
Diogenes of Sinope
Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.
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A Socrates gone mad.
Diogenes of Sinope
Aristotle dines when it seems good to King Philip, but Diogenes when he himself pleases.
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
Perdiccas threatened to put him to death unless he came to him, "That's nothing wonderful," Diogenes said, "for a beetle or a tarantula would do the same."




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If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.
Diogenes of Sinope
To one who asked what was the proper time for lunch, he said, "If a rich man, when you will; if a poor man, when you can."
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When people laughed at him because he walked backward beneath the portico, he said to them: "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
Diogenes the Cynic, it is related, was mighty of all people in regard to everything from self-control to endurance. He indulged in sexual lusts, not associating it with pleasure, an attractive good thing to some, but because of the harm that the retention of semen would cause if he avoided the habit of releasing it. When a prostitute who promised to visit him was delayed for some time, he rubbed his genitals with his hand, ejecting semen. After the whore arrived, he sent her away, saying: "my hand celebrated the wedding-hymn first." But it is clearly correct that, likewise, the disciplined man does not on account of pleasure indulge in lusts, but in order to relieve the hindrance acting as if this was not associated with pleasure.
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Diogenes, in his mud-covered sandals, tramps over the carpets of Aristippus. The cynic pullulated at every corner, and in the highest places. This cynic did nothing but saboter the civilisation of the time. He was the nihilist of Hellenism. He created nothing, he made nothing. His role was to undo or rather to attempt to undo, for he did not succeed in his purpose. The cynic, a parasite of civilisation, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail. What would become of the cynic among a savage people where everyone, naturally and quite seriously, fulfils what the cynic farcically considers to be his personal role?
Diogenes of Sinope
He once begged alms of a statue, and, when asked why he did so, replied, "To get practice in being refused."
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He was seized and dragged off to King Philip, and being asked who he was, replied, "A spy upon your insatiable greed."
Diogenes of Sinope
If you are to be kept right, you must possess either good friends or red-hot enemies. The one will warn you, the other will expose you.
Diogenes of Sinope
It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.


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