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“It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.”

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Quotes by Diogenes

  1. A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
  2. 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.
  3. Blushing is the color of virtue.
  4. Calumny is only the noise of madmen.
  5. Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
  6. He has the most who is most content with the least.
  7. 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.
  8. I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
  9. I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.
  10. 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.
  11. I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
  12. I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
  13. In a rich man’s house there is no place to spit but his face.
  14. It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
  15. It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
  16. It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.
  17. Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly.
  18. Modesty is the color of virtue.
  19. Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad.
  20. No man is hurt but by himself.
  21. Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?
  22. Stand a little less between me and the sun.
  23. The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master.
  24. The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
  25. The great thieves lead away the little thief.
  26. The mob is the mother of tyrants.
  27. The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them.
  28. The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.
  29. The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
  30. There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool.
  31. 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.
  32. We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
  33. What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
  34. When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
  35. Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
  36. Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
  37. Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.