Friday, September 16, 2005

Diogenes

“One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.”

"We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less”

"Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards"

Diogenes

I’ve been reading about Diogenes of Sinope today, thanks to a quote on my personalised Google home page. Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who believed in living a simple and true life. “He has the most who is most content with the least" (Diogenes). He practiced self-control and lived in extreme conditions for his faith, he went through severe heat and cold and lived on his wit and the kindness of others.

While sailing to Aegina, he was taken by pirates and carried to Crete, where he was sold in the public market. When the auctioneer asked him what he could do, he said, "I can govern men; therefore sell me to one who wants a master." Xeniades, a wealthy Corinthian, was surprised with this reply and purchased him. Xeniades gave him freedom and committed to him the education of his children.

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