Diogenes of Sinope


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Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. Also known as Diogenes the Cynic, he was born in Sinope (modern-day Sinop, Turkey), an Ionian colony on the Black Sea, in 412 or 404 BC and died at Corinth in 323 BC.

Diogenes of Sinope was a controversial figure. His father minted coins for a living and when Diogenes took to "defacement of the ... more »

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  • ''Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?''
    Diogenes of Sinope (c. 410-320 B.C.), Greek philosopher, moralist. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 2, frag. 10, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976). Also...
  • ''Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?''
    Diogenes of Sinope (c. 410-320 B.C.), Greek philosopher, moralist. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 2, fragment 99, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976). A...
  • ''In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.''
    Diogenes of Sinope (c. 410-c. 320 B.C.), Greek philosopher, moralist. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 2, fragment 56, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976). ...
  • ''Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.''
    Diogenes of Sinope (c. 410-320 B.C.), Greek philosopher, moralist. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 2, fragment 102, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976). ...
  • ''The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.''
    Diogenes of Sinope (c. 410-c. 320 B.C.), Greek philosopher, moralist. Herakleitos and Diogenes, fragment 20, pt. 2, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976). ...
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