Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Blushing is the color of virtue.
A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.
When Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, Diogenes replied Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine.
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?
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.
Fools! You think of god as a sentient being. God is the word used to represent a force. This force created nothing, it just helps things along. It does not answer prayers, although it may make you think of a way to solve a problem. It has the power to influence you, but not decide for you.
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.
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.
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.
He was seized and dragged off to King Philip, and being asked who he was, replied, A spy upon your insatiable greed.
The chief good is the suspension of the judgment especially negative judgement, which tranquillity of mind follows like its shadow.
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.
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.