Diogenes, Alexander the Great
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At noon one day, Diogenes was seen walking
through the streets with a lighted lantern,
and looking all around as if in search of something.
Diogenes and Alexander
Corinth, in Greece, there lived a very wise man whose name was
Diogenes. Men came from all parts of the land to see him and
hear him talk. But wise as he was, he had some very queer ways.
He did not believe that any man ought to have more things than
he really needed; and he said that no man needed much. And so he
did not live in a house, but slept in a tub or barrel, which he
rolled about from place to place. He spent his days sitting in
the sun, and saying wise things to those who were around him.
noon one day, Diogenes was seen walking through the streets with
a lighted lantern, and looking all around as if in search of
something. ¡°Why do you carry a lantern when the sun is shining?¡±
someone said. ¡°I am looking for an honest man,¡± answered
When Alexander the Great went to Corinth, all the foremost men
in the city came out to see him and to praise him. But Diogenes
did not come; and he was the only man for whose opinions
Alexander cared. And so, since the wise man would not some to
see the king, the king went to see wise man. He found Diogenes
in an out-of-the-way place, lying on the ground by his tub. He
was enjoying the heat and the light of the sun. When he saw the
king and a great many people coming, he sat up and looked at
Alexander greeted him and said, ¡°Diogenes, I have heard a great
deal about your wisdom. Is there anything that I can do for
¡°Yes,¡± said Diogenes. ¡°You can stand a little on one side, so as
not to keep the sunshine from me.¡±
This answer was so different from what he expected, that the
king was much surprised. But it did not make him angry; it only
made him admire the strange man all the more. When he turned to
ride back, he said to his officers, ¡°Say what you will; if I
were not Alexander. I would like to be Diogenes.¡±
1. How queer could
2. Why did Diogenes walk
through the streets with a lighted lantern at noon?
3. What did Diogenes
ask Alexander to do?
4. Why did Alexander
admire Diogenes all the more?
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