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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 known as "the Cynic."

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  • 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). Also known as "the Cynic."

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  • 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). Known as "the Cynic."

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  • 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). Known as "the Cynic."

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  • 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). Diogenes is called "the Cynic." He followed his own advice when in later life he was captured by pirates while on a voyage and sold as a slave to Xeniades of Corinth. The philosopher was appointed tutor to the children of Xeniades, remaining in Corinth for the rest of his life.
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