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LAERTIUS DIOGENES
Greek cynic philosopher
(c. 211 - 235)

A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire,--not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
      - [Associates]

As houses well stored with provisions are likely to be full of mice, so the bodies of those that eat much are full of diseases.
      - [Gluttony]

I am a citizen of the world.
      - [World]

Modesty is of the color of virtue.
      - [Modesty]

No man is hurt but by himself.
      - [Injury]

Sleep and Death are brothers.
      - [Sleep]

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
      - according to Stobaeus [Education]

The truly noble mind has no resentments.
      - also attributed to William Shakespeare
        [Proverbs]

The vicious obey their passions, as slaves do their masters.
      - [Vice]

There is nothing so good to make a horse fat, as the eye of his master.
      - [Masters]

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 others.
      - [Censure]

When asked what kind of wine he liked to drink he replied, "That which belongs to another."
      - [Wine and Spirits]

Sacrifice to the Graces.
      - bk. IV, 6 [Sacrifice]

The sun, too, shines into cesspools, and is not polluted.
      - bk. VI, sec. 63 [Sun]

Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, "Courage, my boy; that is the complexion of virtue."
      - Diogenes (VI) [Blushes]

When asked what wines he liked to drink he replied, "That which belongs to another."
      - Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers--Diogenes
         (VI), (Yonge's translation)
        [Wine and Spirits]

Of a rich man who was mean and niggardly, he said, "That man does not possess his estate, but his estate possesses him."
      - Lives of Eminent Philosophers (Bion, III)
        [Possession]

You ask what hope is. He (Aristotle) says it is a waking dream.
      - Lives of Eminent Philosophers (bk. V, 18)
        [Hope]

It is used to be a common saying of Myson's that men ought not to seek for things in words, but for words in things; for that things are not made on account of words but that words are put together for the sake of things.
      - Lives of the Philosophers
         (bk. I, Myson, ch. III) [Words]

He calls drunkenness an expression identical with ruin.
      - Lives of the Philosophers--Pythagoras (VI)
        [Intemperance]

Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness.
      - Plato (XLII) [Virtue]

Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule . . . as making the worse appear the better reason.
      - Socrates (V) [Reason]

Thales was asked what was very difficult; he said: "To know one's self."
      - Thales (IX) [Knowledge]


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