Q – Diogenes

Diogenes circa 404 - 323BC was a Greek philosopher also known as ‘Diogenes the Cynic’.

 

‘The foundation of every state is the education of its youth’

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‘Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards’

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‘Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly’

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‘It takes a wise man to discover a wise man’

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‘I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance’

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‘Blushing is the colour of virtue’

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‘The vine bears three kinds of grapes; the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust’

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‘I am a citizen of the world’

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

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‘He has the most who is most content with the least’

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‘There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool’

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

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‘Wise kings generally have wise counsellors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one’

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‘The mob is the mother of tyrants’

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‘What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others’

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‘A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies’

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‘Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad’

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‘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’

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‘We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less’

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'We came into the world alone and we die alone. Why, in life, should we be any less alone?'

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