Diogenes

c. 412 - 323

A Quote by Diogenes on govern, men, slave, ability, and destiny

On one of his journeys Diogenes was captured by pirates, who sold him as a slave to Xeniades of Corinth.  When his owner asked him what he could do, he answered, “Govern men.”

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

Source: Will Durant, Story of Civilization Book II

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A Quote by Diogenes on evil, good, ignorance, and knowledge

He said that there was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on friendship

All things are in common among friends.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on belief, lies, and truth

Aristotle was once asked what those who tell lies gain by it. Said he, "That when they speak truth they are not believed."

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on enemies, friendship, good, and needs

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 (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes

Bury me on my face, said Diogenes; and when he was asked why, he replied, Because in a little while everything will be turned upside down.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on motherhood

The mob is the mother of tyrants.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on pollution

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

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on death and evil

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Chilo advised, "not to speak evil of the dead."

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes

Nothing can be produced out of nothing.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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