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  • I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
    (Diogenes)

  • Blushing is the color of virtue.
    (Diogenes)

  • Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.
    (Diogenes)

  • Being asked whether it's better to marry or not, he (Socrates) replied, Whichever you do you will repent it
    (Diogenes)

  • It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.
    (Diogenes)


  • The great thieves lead away the little thief.
    (Diogenes)

  • I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
    (Diogenes)

  • The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.
    (Diogenes)

  • When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
    (Diogenes)

  • 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.
    (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)

  • The mob is the mother of tyrants.
    (Diogenes)

  • Stand a little less between me and the sun.
    (Diogenes)

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

  • Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
    (Diogenes)


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