Greek Philosopher and Biographer
"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 others."
"As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs to be supplied with good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task."
"Make wisdom your provision for the journey from youth to old age, for it is a more certain support than all other possessions."
"Of a rich man who was mean and niggardly, he said, "That man does not possess his estate, but his estate possesses him.""
"To reach perfection, we must be made sensible of our failings, either by the admonitions of friends, or the invectives of enemies."
"One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist."
"When a man reproached Diogenes for going into unclean places he said, “The sun too penetrates into privies, but it is not polluted by them.”"
"One day a man invited him into a richly furnished house, saying 'be careful not to spit on the floor.' Diogenes, who needed to spit, spat in his face, exclaiming that it was the only dirty place he could find where spitting was permitted."
"Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance and shimmy, and you've got an audience!"
"One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist. "
""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."
"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."
"Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule . . . as making the worse appear the better reason."
"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."
"I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals."
"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."
"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."
"It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend."