Diogenes Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"

Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"
c. 412 B.C.
323 B.C.

Greek Philosopher and Biographer

Author Quotes

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

Stand a little less between me and the sun.

You ask what hope is. He (Aristotle) says it is a waking dream.

"Know thyself," was counted one of the oracles of the Greeks. It was inscribed as one of their three great precepts, in letters of gold, on the temple at Delphos, and regarded as divine.

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.

Thales was asked what was most difficult to man; he answered: "To know one's self."

A blush is the color of virtue.

I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.

The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.

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

The great thieves lead away the little thief.

A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire,--not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.

In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.

The mob is the mother of tyrants.

A tyrant never tasteth of true friendship, nor of perfect liberty.

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

The mountains too, at a distance, appear airy masses and smooth, but seen near at hand they are rough.

Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule . . . as making the worse appear the better reason.

It is used to be a common saying of Myson's that men ought not to seek for things in words, but for words in things; for that things are not made on account of words but that words are put together for the sake of things.

The truly noble mind has no resentments.

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.

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.

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

Blushing is the color of virtue.

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Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"
Birth Date
c. 412 B.C.
Death Date
323 B.C.

Greek Philosopher and Biographer