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Ancient Greeks: Diogenes of Sinope on Wise Leaders and Advisers

Ancient Greeks: Diogenes of Sinope on Wise Leaders and Advisers

Wise kings generally have wise counselors;
and he must be a wise man himself who is
capable of distinguishing one.

~ Diogenes

Diogenes of Sinope, (born c. 404 bce—died c. 323 bce), was a Greek Cynic philosopher best known for holding a lantern (or candle) to the faces of the citizens of Athens claiming he was searching for an honest man. He was most likely a student of the philosopher Antisthenes (445-365 BCE) and, in the words of Plato (allegedly), was ‘A Socrates gone mad.’ He was driven into exile from his native city of Sinope for defacing currency (though some sources say it was his father who committed the crime and Diogenes simply followed him into exile).” ~ Ancient History Encyclopedia

READ MORE: Diogenes of Sinope | Ancient History Encyclopedia

Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?

Projection 101: It takes one to know one. We must be familiar with a certain quality in order to identify it in someone else.

That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?

Ancient Greek Wisdom  


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. usfman

    Ancient History explores an honest man. Ahhhh how refreshing.

  2. GarryRogers

    My wise thoughts one by one day by day tarnish and fall into the dumb bin replaced by shiny new ones.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      It sounds that your thoughts are evolving, Garry. Keep fighting the good fight.

  3. Robert A. Vella

    Diogenes’ search continues. Our wise men and women appear lost among a sea of wise asses.

    • GarryRogers

      Yep. One of my boys’ favorites was “dumb ass.”


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