The Meals of Diogenes

A wealthy friend of Diogenes once came upon him as he ate his simple meal.  At this time, Dionysius was the tyrant of Syracuse, and a most powerful man.  “If you would learn to flatter Dionysius,” his friend said, “you wouldn’t need to eat such things.”

“On the contrary,” Diogenes replied.  “If you would learn to eat such things, you wouldn’t need to flatter Dionysius.”

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One thought on “The Meals of Diogenes

  1. Diogenes prided himself on always speaking the truth. Flattery is not speaking the truth very often. And when one does it for his or her own purposes, it is far less than the truth. Remember the picture of Diogenes with his lamp, seeking an honest man?

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