He has the most who is most content with the least.

— Diogenes

The most massive Diogenes quotes that will inspire your inner self

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?

Diogenes quote The foundation of every state is the edu

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.


I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.

Diogenes quote He has the most who is most content with

He has the most who is most content with the least.


In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.


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, "Behold Plato's man!"


He lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, "I am looking for a human."

Diogenes quote A friend is one soul abiding in two bodi

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.


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.


I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.


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.


Blushing is the color of virtue.


I am looking for an honest man.


Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.


About Diogenes

Quotes 111 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

When Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied "Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine."


One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings


Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.


Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.


Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy, for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.


The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.


There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.


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."


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.


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.


He once begged alms of a statue, and, when asked why he did so, replied, "To get practice in being refused."


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.


Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.


Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.


Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?


The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.


Wise kings generally have wise counselors;

and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.


The Sun visits cesspools without being defiled.


The mob is the mother of tyrants.


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?


He was seized and dragged off to King Philip, and being asked who he was, replied, "A spy upon your insatiable greed."


A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.


When two friends part they should lock up each other's secrets and exchange keys. The truly noble mind has no resentments.


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.


Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy.


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.


Let us not unlearn what we have already learned


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.


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."


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.


Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.


No man is hurt but by himself


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


I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.


Lust is a strong tower of mischief, and hath in it many defenders, as neediness, anger, paleness, discord, love, and longing.


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?