Diogenes Of Sinope

I know I'm only copy/pasting this from wikiquote, but this great philosopher's words just have to be spread to as many people as possible! It's a shame this group has only three people (me included)!

Enjoy this sampling.

Quoted by Plutarch
When Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied "Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine."

If you are to be kept right, you must possess either good friends or red-hot enemies. The one will warn you, the other will expose you. 
Quoted by Diogenes Laërtius
One day, observing a child drinking out of his hands, he cast away the cup from his wallet with the words, "A child has beaten me in plainness of living."
Plato had defined Man as an animal, biped and featherless, and was applauded. Diogenes plucked a fowl and brought it into the lecture-room with the words, "Here is Plato's man."
To one who asked what was the proper time for lunch, he said, "If a rich man, when you will; if a poor man, when you can."

Behaving indecently in public [my note i.e. ************], he said "I wish it were as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly."

When some one reminded him that the people of Sinope had sentenced him to exile, he said, "And I sentenced them to stay at home."

He once begged alms of a statue, and, when asked why he did so, replied, "To get practice in being refused." 
To the question what wine he found pleasant to drink, he replied, "That for which other people pay."
He was breakfasting in the marketplace, and the bystanders gathered round him with cries of "dog." [my note: it was indecent to eat i npublic back then] "It is you who are dogs," cried he, "when you stand round and watch me at my breakfast." 
Asked where he came from, he said, "I am a citizen of the world."

Quoted by Stobaeus
Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.

It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.
Boasting, like gilded armour, is very different inside from outside.

Self-taught poverty is a help toward philosophy, for the things which philosophy attempts to teach by reasoning, poverty forces us to practice.

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May 21, 2012