65 Diogenes Quotes For Success In Life

Diogenes is also known as Diogenes the Cynic was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. He was born in Sinope, an Ionian colony on the Black Sea coast of modern-day Turkey, in 412 or 404 BC and died at Corinth in 323 BC. These Diogenes quotes will motivate you in life.

Best Diogenes Quotes

  1. “People who talk well but do nothing are like musical instruments; the sound is all they have to offer.” ~ Diogenes
  2. “I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised?” ~ Diogenes
  3. “If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.” ~ Diogenes
  4. “One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings” ~ Diogenes
  5. “He has the most who is most content with the least.” ~ Diogenes
  6. “It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.” ~ Diogenes

  7. “No man is hurt but by himself. …Literally by how he interprets what happens to him. If he focusses on how it could have been better, he will be hurt. If he focusses on how it could have been worse, he will be happy. The same is true for women too.” ~ Diogenes
  8. “In a rich man’s house there is no place to spit but his face.” ~ Diogenes
  9. “Fools! You think of “god” as a sentient being. God is the word used to represent a force. This force created nothing, it just helps things along. It does not answer prayers, although it may make you think of a way to solve a problem. It has the power to influence you, but not decide for you.” ~ Diogenes
  10. “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.” ~ Diogenes
  11. “We come into the world alone and we die alone. Why, in life, should we be any less alone?” ~ Diogenes
  12. “The mob is the mother of tyrants.” ~ Diogenes

  13. “Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?” ~ Diogenes
  14. “He lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, “I am looking for a human.”” ~ Diogenes
  15. “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.” ~ Diogenes
  16. “You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself.” ~ Diogenes
  17. “Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.” ~ Diogenes
  18. “I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.” ~ Diogenes
  19. “Aristotle was once asked what those who tell lies gain by it. Said he – That when they speak truth they are not believed.” ~ Diogenes
  20. Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy, for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.” ~ Diogenes
  21. “Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?” ~ Diogenes

  22. “He once begged alms of a statue, and, when asked why he did so, replied, “To get practice in being refused.”” ~ Diogenes
  23. “Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you’ve got an audience.” ~ Diogenes
  24. “I am looking for an honest man.” ~ Diogenes
  25. “When Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied “Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine.”” ~ Diogenes
  26. “The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech.” ~ Diogenes
  27. “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
  28. “We have complicated every simple gift of the gods.” ~ Diogenes

  29. “If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?” ~ Diogenes
  30. “To become self-educated you should condemn yourself for all those things that you would criticize others.” ~ Diogenes
  31. “One day, observing a child drinking out of his hands, he cast away the cup from his wallet with the words, “A child has beaten me in plainness of living.”” ~ Diogenes
  32. “The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master.” ~ Diogenes
  33. “A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.” ~ Diogenes
  34. “Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy.” ~ Diogenes

  35. “He was breakfasting in the marketplace, and the bystanders gathered round him with cries of “dog.” “It is you who are dogs,” cried he, “when you stand round and watch me at my breakfast.”” ~ Diogenes
  36. “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.” ~ Diogenes
  37. “Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.” ~ Diogenes
  38. “There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool.” ~ Diogenes Quotes
  39. “Plato had defined Man as an animal, biped and featherless, and was applauded. Diogenes plucked a fowl and brought it into the lecture-room with the words, “Behold Plato’s man!”” ~ Diogenes
  40. “To the question what wine he found pleasant to drink, he replied, “That for which other people pay.”” ~ Diogenes
  41. “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” ~ Diogenes

  42. “Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.” ~ Diogenes
  43. “Antisthenes used to say that envious people were devoured by their own disposition, just as iron is by rust. Envy of others comes from comparing what they have with what the envious person has, rather than the envious person realising they have more than what they could have and certainly more than some others and being grateful. It is really just an inability to get a correct perspective on their lives.” ~ Diogenes
  44. “If you are to be kept right, you must possess either good friends or red-hot enemies. The one will warn you, the other will expose you.” ~ Diogenes
  45. “Once he saw the officials of a temple leading away some one who had stolen a bowl belonging to the treasurers, and said, “The great thieves are leading away the little thief.”” ~ Diogenes
  46. “To arrive at perfection, a man should have very sincere friends or inveterate enemies; because he would be made sensible of his good or ill conduct, either by the censures of the one or the admonitions of the other.” ~ Diogenes
  47. “Aren’t you ashamed, you who walk backward along the whole path of existence, and blame me for walking backward along the path of the promenade?” ~ Diogenes
  48. “It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.” ~ Diogenes

  49. “On being asked by someone how he could become famous, Diogenes responded: ‘By worrying as little as possible about fame” ~ Diogenes
  50. “If your cloak was a gift, I appreciate it; if it was a loan, I’m not through with it yet.” ~ Diogenes
  51. “Poverty is a virtue which one can teach oneself.” ~ Diogenes Quotes
  52. “When asked what was the proper time for supper: If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.” ~ Diogenes
  53. “Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly.” ~ Diogenes
  54. “I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.” ~ Diogenes
  55. “There is a false love that will make you something you are not.” ~ Diogenes

  56. “The noblest people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure and life; esteeming above them poverty, ignorance, hardship and death.” ~ Diogenes
  57. “The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.” ~ Diogenes
  58. “Nothing can be produced out of nothing.” ~ Diogenes
  59. “The question was put to him, what hope is; and his answer was, “The dream of a waking man.”” ~ Diogenes
  60. “We are more curious about the meaning of dreams than about things we see when awake.” ~ Diogenes
  61. “When the slave auctioneer asked in what he was proficient, he replied, “In ruling people.”” ~ Diogenes
  62. “No man is hurt but by himself.” ~ Diogenes
  63. “No man is hurt but by himself.” ~ Diogenes
  64. “Blushing is the color of virtue.” ~ Diogenes
  65. “Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.” ~ Diogenes

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