more from Diogenes (Sin)

Single Idea 1765

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 2. Invocation to Philosophy]

Full Idea

When a man said that he was not suited to philosophy, Diogenes said to him, 'Why then do you live, if you have no desire to live properly.'

Gist of Idea

Diogenes said avoidance of philosophy is the lack of a desire to live properly


report of Diogenes (Sin) (reports [c.360 BCE]) by Diogenes Laertius - Lives of Eminent Philosophers 06.Di.6

Book Reference

Diogenes Laertius: 'Diogenes Laertius', ed/tr. Yonge,C.D. [Henry G. Bohn 1853], p.241

A Reaction

Meaning philosophy is already more practice than theory.