Diogenes Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Diogenes quotes, Diogenes sayings, and Diogenes proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted. Diogenes
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes
Modesty is the color of virtue. Diogenes
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
Being asked where in Greece he saw good men, he replied, "Good men nowhere, but good boys at Sparta." Diogenes
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes
The mob is the mother of tyrants. Diogenes
Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. Diogenes
It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little. Diogenes
There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool. Diogenes
Blushing is the color of virtue. Diogenes
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust. Diogenes
When Aristotle was asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, 'To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.' Diogenes
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards. Diogenes
The vicious obey their passions as slaves do their masters. Diogenes
Wise kings generally have wise counselors, and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes
It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little. Diogenes