Diogenes Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"

Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"
c. 412 B.C.
323 B.C.

Greek Philosopher and Biographer

Author Quotes

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.

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

The mob is the mother of tyrants.

A tyrant never tasteth of true friendship, nor of perfect liberty.

It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.

The mountains too, at a distance, appear airy masses and smooth, but seen near at hand they are rough.

Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule . . . as making the worse appear the better reason.

It is used to be a common saying of Myson's that men ought not to seek for things in words, but for words in things; for that things are not made on account of words but that words are put together for the sake of things.

The truly noble mind has no resentments.

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.

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.

The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.

Blushing is the color of virtue.

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

There is nothing so good to make a horse fat, as the eye of his master.

Calumny is only the noise of madmen.

Modesty is of the color of virtue.

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

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

Modesty is the color of virtue.

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.

He calls drunkenness an expression identical with ruin.

Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.

Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness.

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

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Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"
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c. 412 B.C.
Death Date
323 B.C.

Greek Philosopher and Biographer