Diogenes Quotes

Most popular Diogenes Quotes

Watch your opportunity.
— Diogenes
Modesty is the color of virtue.
— Diogenes
Courage! That is the hue of virtue.
— Diogenes
Even the gods cannot strive against necessity.
— Diogenes
The sun shines on the dung but is not tainted.
— Diogenes
That which arises from custom is the unwritten law.
— Diogenes
The vicious obey their passions as slaves do their masters.
— Diogenes
Man is the most intelligent of the animals—and the most silly.
— Diogenes

intelligence man the animal

Man is the most intelligent of the animals — and the most silly.
— Diogenes
The market is a place set apart where men may deceive each other.
— Diogenes
The reason we have two ears and only one tongue is so we may listen more and talk less.
— Diogenes

listening

Often when Socrates was looking on at auctions he would say, 'How many things there are which I do not need!'
— Diogenes
When Antisthenes was asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, 'Not to unlearn what you have learned.'
— Diogenes
When Socrates was asked whether it was better to marry or not, he replied, 'Whichever you do, you will repent it.'
— Diogenes
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.

advisory

When Aristotle was asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, 'To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.'
— Diogenes
On one occasion Aristotle was asked how much an educated man was superior to one who was uneducated: 'As much,' said he, 'as the living are to the dead.'