Diogenes Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"

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

Greek Philosopher and Biographer

Author Quotes

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.

Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.

I am a citizen of the world.

Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, "Courage, my boy; that is the complexion of virtue."

When asked what kind of wine he liked to drink he replied, "That which belongs to another."

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.

Sacrifice to the Graces.

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.

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

Sleep and Death are brothers.

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.

I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.

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

Greek Philosopher and Biographer