Diogenes the Cynic

Diogenes the Cynic, born in Sinope, in Pontus, came to Athens, was attracted to Antisthenes (q.v.) and became a disciple, and a sansculotte of the first water; dressed himself in the coarsest, lived on the plainest, slept in the porches of the temples, and finally took up his dwelling in a tub; stood on his naked manhood; would not have anything to do with what did not contribute to its enhancement; despised every one who sought satisfaction in anything else; went through the highways and byways of the city at noontide with a lit lantern in quest of a man; a man himself not to be laughed at or despised; visiting Corinth, he was accosted by Alexander the Great: “I am Alexander,” said the king, and “I am Diogenes” was the prompt reply; “Can I do anything to serve you?” continued the king; “Yes, stand out of the sunlight,” rejoined the cynic; upon which Alexander turned away saying, “If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.” D'Alembert declared Diogenes the greatest man of antiquity, only that he wanted decency. “Great truly,” says Carlyle, but adds with a much more serious drawback than that (412-323 B.C.). See Sartor Resartus,” bk. iii. chap. 1.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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