Diogenes Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"

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

Greek Philosopher and Biographer

Author Quotes

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.

Stand a little less between me and the sun.

You ask what hope is. He (Aristotle) says it is a waking dream.

"Know thyself," was counted one of the oracles of the Greeks. It was inscribed as one of their three great precepts, in letters of gold, on the temple at Delphos, and regarded as divine.

I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.

Thales was asked what was most difficult to man; he answered: "To know one's self."

A blush is the color of virtue.

I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.

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

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.

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

The great thieves lead away the little thief.

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.

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

Greek Philosopher and Biographer