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#1. He lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, I am looking for a human . - Author: Diogenes
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#2. There is a false love that will make you something you are not. - Author: Diogenes
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#3. Calumny is only the noise of madmen. - Author: Diogenes
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#4. A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies. - Author: Diogenes
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#5. Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly. - Author: Diogenes
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#6. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#7. I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels. - Author: Diogenes
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#8. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#9. When the slave auctioneer asked in what he was proficient, he replied, In ruling people . - Author: Diogenes
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#10. I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised? - Author: Diogenes
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#11. Being asked where in Greece he saw good men , he replied, 'Good men nowhere, but good boys at Sparta. - Author: Diogenes
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#12. He was seized and dragged off to King Philip, and being asked who he was, replied, A spy upon your insatiable greed . - Author: Diogenes
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#13. Ability in man is an apt good, if it be applied to good ends. - Author: Diogenes
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#14. All things are in common among friends. - Author: Diogenes
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#15. Young men not ought to marry yet, and old men never ought to marry at all. - Author: Diogenes
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#16. The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them. - Author: Diogenes
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#17. The sacrifice of Diogenes to all the gods. - Author: Diogenes
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#18. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#19. The great thieves lead away the little thief. - Author: Diogenes
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#20. When two friends part they should lock up each other's secrets and exchange keys. The truly noble mind has no resentments. - Author: Diogenes
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#21. Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves? - Author: Diogenes
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#22. We come into the world alone and we die alone. Why, in life, should we be any less alone? - Author: Diogenes
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#23. As houses well stored with provisions are likely to be full of mice, so the bodies of those that eat much are full of diseases. - Author: Diogenes
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#24. The Sun visits cesspools without being defiled. - Author: Diogenes
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#25. If your cloak was a gift, I appreciate it; if it was a loan, I'm not through with it yet. - Author: Diogenes
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#26. I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be. - Author: Diogenes
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#27. We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. - Author: Diogenes
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#28. I am looking for an honest man. - Author: Diogenes
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#29. You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself. - Author: Diogenes
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#30. Aristotle was once asked what those who tell lies gain by it. Said he - That when they speak truth they are not believed. - Author: Diogenes
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#31. The mob is the mother of tyrants. - Author: Diogenes
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#32. Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. - Author: Diogenes
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#33. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#34. The health and vigor necessary for the practice of what is good, depend equally on both mind and body. - Author: Diogenes
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#35. Plato had defined Man as an animal, biped and featherless, and was applauded. Diogenes plucked a fowl and brought it into the lecture-room with the words, Here is Plato's man. - Author: Diogenes
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#36. If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate. - Author: Diogenes
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#37. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#38. Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. - Author: Diogenes
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#39. Protagoras asserted that there are two sides to every question, exactly opposite to each other. - Author: Diogenes
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#40. The noblest people are those despising wealth , learning , pleasure and life ; esteeming above them poverty , ignorance , hardship and death . - Author: Diogenes
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#41. Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich. - Author: Diogenes
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#42. When asked what was the proper time for supper: If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can. - Author: Diogenes
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#43. Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy. - Author: Diogenes
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#44. The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted. - Author: Diogenes
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#45. Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them. - Author: Diogenes
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#46. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#47. If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead? - Author: Diogenes
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#48. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#49. Modesty is the color of virtue. - Author: Diogenes
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#50. What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. - Author: Diogenes
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#51. The chief good is the suspension of the judgment [especially negative judgement], which tranquillity of mind follows like its shadow. - Author: Diogenes
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#52. He has the most who is most content with the least. - Author: Diogenes
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#53. Asked where he came from, he said, I am a citizen of the world . - Author: Diogenes
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#54. Boasting, like gilded armour, is very different inside from outside. - Author: Diogenes
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#55. I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough. - Author: Diogenes
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#56. To become self-educated you should condemn yourself for all those things that you would criticize others. - Author: Diogenes
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#57. To arrive at perfection, a man should have very sincere friends or inveterate enemies; because he would be made sensible of his good or ill conduct, either by the censures of the one or the admonitions of the other. - Author: Diogenes
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#58. He was breakfasting in the marketplace, and the bystanders gathered round him with cries of " dog ." "It is you who are dogs," cried he, "when you stand round and watch me at my breakfast. - Author: Diogenes
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#59. There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool. - Author: Diogenes
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#60. The question was put to him, what hope is; and his answer was, "The dream of a waking man." - Author: Diogenes
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#61. Aristotle dines when it seems good to King Philip, but Diogenes when he himself pleases. - Author: Diogenes
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#62. In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face. - Author: Diogenes
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#63. On being asked by someone how he could become famous, Diogenes responded: 'By worrying as little as possible about fame - Author: Diogenes
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#64. To Xeniades, who had purchased Diogenes at the slave market, he said, Come, see that you obey orders. - Author: Diogenes
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#65. Lust is a strong tower of mischief, and hath in it many defenders, as neediness, anger, paleness, discord, love, and longing. - Author: Diogenes
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#66. Love comes with hunger. - Author: Diogenes
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#67. Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions; ... that laws were like cobwebs, - for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off. - Author: Diogenes
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#68. Chilo advised, "not to speak evil of the dead." - Author: Diogenes
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#69. Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy , for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning , poverty forces us to practice . - Author: Diogenes
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#70. I am looking for a human. - Author: Diogenes
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#71. Democritus says, "But we know nothing really; for truth lies deep down." - Author: Diogenes
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#72. When some one boasted that at the Pythian games he had vanquished men, Diogenes replied, Nay, I defeat men, you defeat slaves . - Author: Diogenes
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#73. Virtue cannot dwell with wealth either in a city or in a house. - Author: Diogenes
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#74. Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. - Author: Diogenes
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#75. 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. - Author: Diogenes
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#76. The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust. - Author: Diogenes
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#77. He once begged alms of a statue, and, when asked why he did so, replied, To get practice in being refused. - Author: Diogenes
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#78. We have complicated every simple gift of the gods. - Author: Diogenes
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#79. To the question what wine he found pleasant to drink, he replied, That for which other people pay. - Author: Diogenes
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#80. People who talk well but do nothing are like musical intruments; the sound is all they have to offer. - Author: Diogenes
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#81. One day, observing a child drinking out of his hands, he cast away the cup from his wallet with the words, A child has beaten me in plainness of living. - Author: Diogenes
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#82. Let us not unlearn what we have already learned - Author: Diogenes
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#83. I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others. - Author: Diogenes
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#84. It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend. - Author: Diogenes
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#85. When Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine . - Author: Diogenes
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#86. Nothing can be produced out of nothing. - Author: Diogenes
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