Diogenes

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A courageous and humane ruler who means well towards his subjects will induce the wicked to change their attitude of mind. Leaders & Leadership
A good physician goes to be helpful where there is most sickness. So a good philosopher should be where there is most stupidity Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Asked from what country he came, Diogenes the Cynic replied, "I am a citizen of the world. Citizenship & Patriotism
Demagogues are the mob's lackeys. Leaders & Leadership
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Freedom & Liberty ;Citizenship & Patriotism
I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be. Religion & God
If the citizens of Mallus have behaved stupidly - and they have! - it's up to you to put anger aside and forgive them the punitive revenge you thought you had a right to; and, instead, work out a solution to this dispute over boundaries Diplomacy & Diplomats
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. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
It's very much simpler to get rid of any written rule you choose than it is an item of customary morality... while laws are preserved on tablets of wood or stone, customary morality is engraved deep in our living souls Legislating & Legislative Process
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The great thieves are leading away the little thief. Corruption
The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech. Freedom & Liberty
Virtue cannot dwell with wealth either in a city or in a house. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Women are not by nature inferior to men... Minorities & Women
Yes, you could move a bit as you are blocking the sun. Miscellaneous
You can no more have a fool as a king than a blind man to lead you along the road Leaders & Leadership
You must try going out into the market place, where the mass of people spend their time Public Opinion & Polling
A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
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.
Blushing is the color of virtue.
Calumny is only the noise of madmen.
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
He has the most who is most content with the least.
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.
I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.
It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend. Time
Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Modesty is the color of virtue.
Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
No man is hurt but by himself.
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
Stand a little less between me and the sun.
The art of being a slave is to rule one's master. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The great thieves lead away the little thief.
The mob is the mother of tyrants.
The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them.
The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted. Nature
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.
Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music. Music, Chants & Rapps
We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. New Years
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.