If your cloak was a gift, I appreciate it; if it was a loan, I'm not through with it yet.
He was seized and dragged off to King Philip, and being asked who he was, replied, "A spy upon your insatiable greed."
Perdiccas threatened to put him to death unless he came to him, "That's nothing wonderful," Diogenes said, "for a beetle or a tarantula would do the same.
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
There is a false love that will make you something you are not.
Once he saw the officials of a temple leading away some one who had stolen a bowl belonging to the treasurers, and said, "The great thieves are leading away the little thief.
Man is the most intelligent of the animals -- and the most silly.
Modesty is the color of virtue.
Aren't you ashamed, you who walk backward along the whole path of existence, and blame me for walking backward along the path of the promenade?
The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.
I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised?
A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
Democritus says, "But we know nothing really; for truth lies deep down."
The great thieves lead away the little thief.
The only way to gall and fret effectively is for yourself to be a good and honest man.
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.
I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.
The chief good is the suspension of the judgment especially negative judgement, which tranquillity of mind follows like its shadow.
Aristotle dines when it seems good to King Philip, but Diogenes when he himself pleases.
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.
Stand a little less between me and the sun.
I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.
The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.
A wise man becomes free when he is ready to die at any moment.
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 other.
Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
When Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied "Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine.
Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.
One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.
Blushing is the color of virtue.
Boasting, like gilded armour, is very different inside from outside.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
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.
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
Even if I am but a pretender to wisdom, that in itself is philosophy.
We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
We are more curious about the meaning of dreams than about things we see when awake.
The mob is the mother of tyrants.
All things are in common among friends.
I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.
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.
Protagoras asserted that there are two sides to every question, exactly opposite to each other.