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 (dī-ŏj′ə-nēz′) Died c. 320 bc.
Greek philosopher and founder of the Cynic school who advocated self-control and the pursuit of virtue through simple living. He is said to have once wandered through the streets of Athens with a lantern in daylight, searching for an honest man.


(Biography) ?412–?323 bc, Greek Cynic philosopher, who rejected social conventions and advocated self-sufficiency and simplicity of life


(daɪˈɒdʒ əˌniz)

412?–323 B.C., Greek Cynic philosopher.
Di`o•gen′ic (-əˈdʒɛn ɪk) Di•og`e•ne′an, adj.
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The Diogenes Club is the queerest club in London, and Mycroft one of the queerest men.
From year's end to year's end he takes no other exercise, and is seen nowhere else, except only in the Diogenes Club, which is just opposite his rooms.
What were sunsets to us, who were about to live and breathe and walk in actual Athens; yea, and go far down into the dead centuries and bid in person for the slaves, Diogenes and Plato, in the public market-place, or gossip with the neighbors about the siege of Troy or the splendid deeds of Marathon?
But more than all, I wished that old Diogenes, groping so patiently with his lantern, searching so zealously for one solitary honest man in all the world, might meander along and stumble on our party.
Civilization has not yet arrived at the point where one can go stark naked, as ancient Diogenes wished.
His views of human nature were the views of Diogenes, tempered by Rochefoucauld; his personal habits were slovenly in the last degree; and his favorite boast was that he had outlived all human prejudices.
Phocion, Socrates, Anaxagoras, Diogenes, are great men, but they leave no class.
Every gentleman who hears me, is probably acquainted with the reply made by an individual, who --to use an ordinary figure of speech--"hung out" in a tub, to the emperor Alexander:--"if I were not Diogenes," said he, "I would be Alexander.
Oh, it is well enough as the production of a human composer, sung by featherless bipeds, to quote the late Diogenes.
I am the same philosopher who wrote each of the three hundred treatises commemorated by Diogenes Laertes.
Diogenes, Socrates, and Epaminondas, are gentlemen of the best blood who have chosen the condition of poverty when that of wealth was equally open to them.
He swore he was Diogenes, that had long sought an honest man, and at last had found one.