The Dog Philosopher #WisdomWednesday

In honor of back-to-school season and to encourage the worthwhile pursuit of life-long learning, I’m starting, Wisdom Wednesday,  a weekly series dedicated to the love of wisdom, philosophy.  It also happens to be a subject our family is exploring more this year for unschooling.

Today’s inaugural post features The Dog Philosopher, Diogenes, also known as Diogenes the Cynic, and quite the controversial dude.


Who Was Diogenes?

Potentially the most savage philosopher of all time. Or perhaps just barking mad. Either way, he certainly knew how to make a point.


Quotes & Quips

“Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?

“It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.”

“Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.”

“What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.”

“We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”

“Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?”


Get Curious

Diogenes was absurd and disruptive, traits people typically associate with the lack of intelligence. So why do you think Diogenes behaved this way?

Some people speculate that based upon Diogenes’ behavior that he was mentally ill. If so, what should we make of the wisdom and insight that he shared with the world? Should mental illness change the way we think about someone’s intelligence?

Diogenes was clearly a minimalist. Is minimalism or materialism a reflection of intelligence in any way? How does having or desiring more or less change how a person thinks?



I hope you enjoyed learning about Diogenes. He was quite a character, and one that I think I would have really enjoyed learning about in school. Had you heard of Diogenes before? Consider using the sharing buttons below to help others hear of him, too. Thanks!

Stay curious, my friends.



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