He once begged alms of a statue, and, when asked why he did so, replied, "To get practice in being refused.
He has the most who is most content with the least.
We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised?
Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
He lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, "I am looking for a human .
Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy , for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning , poverty forces us to practice .
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.
In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.
I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.
It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.
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.
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself.
Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.
If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.
There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.
Blushing is the color of virtue.
When Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied "Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine .
Virtue cannot dwell with wealth either in a city or in a house.
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.
I am looking for an honest man.
Young men not ought to marry yet, and old men never ought to marry at all.
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.
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