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 action, laws, and speech

Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions; . . . that laws were like cobwebs, - for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on time

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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 (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Diogenes on opposites and questions

Protagoras asserted that there are two sides to every question, exactly opposite to each other.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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