Wikiquote:Transwiki/Anecdotes about Diogenes preserved by Tertullian

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  • “But besides this instance there is Diogenes, who, I know not to what extent, made sport of Hercules;” — Tertullian, Ad Nationes, i. 10

  • “Diogenes, when asked what was taking place in heaven, answered by saying, "I have never been up there." Again, whether there were any gods, he replied, "I do not know; only there ought to be gods."” — Tertullian, Ad Nationes, ii. 2

  • “Diogenes, too, makes utter mock of Hercules.” — Tertullian, Apology, 14

  • “For you abuse also our humble feasts, on the ground that they are extravagant as well as infamously wicked. To us, it seems, applies the saying of Diogenes: "The people of Megara feast as though they were going to die on the morrow; they build as though they were never to die!"” — Tertullian, Apology, 39

  • “I have read also how the harlot Phryne kindled in Diogenes the fires of lust.” — Tertullian, Apology, 46

  • “If I maintain our superior modesty of behaviour, there at once occurs to me Diogenes with filth-covered feet trampling on the proud couches of Plato, under the influence of another pride.[n 2]” — Tertullian, Apology, 46 (Cf. De Pallio, 4)

  • “Many of your writers exhort to the courageous bearing of pain and death, as Cicero in the Tusculans, as Seneca in his Chances, as Diogenes, Pyrrhus, Callinicus.” — Tertullian, Apology, 50


  1. Cf. Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 41
  2. Cf. Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 26