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Top 39 Diogenes Quotes (PHILOSOPHER)

Top 10 Most Famous Diogenes Quotes (BEST)

I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised?
I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised?
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.
It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.
He has the most who is most content with the least.
He has the most who is most content with the least.
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.
If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.
One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.
One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.
It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?

4 Diogenes Quotes on Education and Self-learning

Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.
Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.
You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself.
You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself.
Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy, for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.
Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy, for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.
If I gained one thing from philosophy is that at the very least, I am well prepared to confront any change in fortune.
If I gained one thing from philosophy is that at the very least, I am well prepared to confront any change in fortune.

9 Wise Diogenes Quotes About Life (WISDOM)

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
We come into the world alone and we die alone. Why, in life, should we be any less alone?
We come into the world alone and we die alone. Why, in life, should we be any less alone?
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Modesty is the color of virtue.
Modesty is the color of virtue.
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.
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.
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.
The only way to gall and fret effectively is for yourself to be a good and honest man.
The only way to gall and fret effectively is for yourself to be a good and honest man.

9 Diogenes Quotes that will Make You Think

“No man is hurt but by himself… Literally by how he interprets what happens to him. If he focusses on how it could have been better, he will be hurt. If he focusses on how it could have been worse, he will be happy. The same is true for women too.”

Diogenes
I am searching for the bones of your father [Alexander the Great's father] but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.
I am searching for the bones of your father [Alexander the Great‘s father] but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.
Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.
Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly.
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.
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.
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
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.'
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.’
People who talk well but do nothing are like musical instruments; the sound is all they have to offer.
People who talk well but do nothing are like musical instruments; the sound is all they have to offer.
Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.
Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.

“Fools! You think of “god” as a sentient being. God is the word used to represent a force. This force created nothing, it just helps things along. It does not answer prayers, although it may make you think of a way to solve a problem. It has the power to influence you, but not decide for you.”

Diogenes

7 Funny Diogenes Quotes

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.
In a rich man’s house there is no place to spit but his face.
I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.
The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master.
Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy.
Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy.
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.
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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