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Diogenes Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Intelligence

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

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

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

 

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
- Diogenes

The great thieves lead away the little thief.
- Diogenes

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.
- Diogenes

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

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

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

Blushing is the color of virtue.
- Diogenes

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
- Diogenes

The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.
- Diogenes

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

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
- Diogenes

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.
- Diogenes

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

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

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

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.
- Diogenes

The sun too penetrates into privies,
but is not polluted by them.
- Diogenes

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.
- Diogenes

The mob is the mother of tyrants.
- Diogenes

Stand a little less between me and the sun.
- Diogenes

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.
- Diogenes

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

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

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
- Robert E. Lee

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

There is no limit to what a man can do
or where he can go,
if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
- Robert Woodruff

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain


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