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Diogenes

Διογένης, 410-323 BC ,  Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher
DiogenesOne of the most interesting figures of Ancient Greece. Also known as Diogenes the Cynic. He is the archetype of the Cynics, a Greek philosophical sect that stressed stoic self-sufficiency and the rejection of luxury (and dog-like behavior). He is credited with originating the Cynic way of life, but he himself acknowledges an indebtedness to Antisthenes, by whose numerous writings he was probably influenced.
It was by personal example rather than any coherent system of thought that Diogenes conveyed the Cynic philosophy.

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He has the most who is most content with the least.


What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.


In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.


Ancient Greek

When the lamp goes off, all the women are the same.

Λυχνίας σβεσθείσης, πάσα γυνή ομοία.


And I, as they say, am Diogenes the dog.

Καγώ, φησίν, Διογένης ο κύων.

introducing himself to Alexander the Great


I am looking for a human.

Άνθρωπον ζητώ.

walking around with a lamp in broad daylight


Because he is like this and plays the guitare instead of robbing.

Διότι τηλικούτος ών, κιθαρωδεί και ου ληστεύει!

explaining why he applauded a big ferocious guy who was playing very badly the lyre


Diogenes said that love is an occupation for the lazy.

Διογένης τον έρωτα είπε σχολαζόντων ασχολίαν.


If a rich man, when you will; if a poor man, when you can.

Ει μεν πλούσιος, όταν θέλη· ει δε πένης, όταν έχη.

his idea for the proper time for lunch


Poverty is a self-taught virtue.

Πενία αυτοδίδακτος αρετή.


Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.

Οι μεν άλλοι κύνες τους εχθρούς δάκνουσι, εγώ δε τους φίλους ίνα σώσω.












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