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Antisthenes

Birthdate: 444 BC
Date of death: 365 BC

Antisthenes was a Greek philosopher and a pupil of Socrates. Antisthenes first learned rhetoric under Gorgias before becoming an ardent disciple of Socrates. He adopted and developed the ethical side of Socrates' teachings, advocating an ascetic life lived in accordance with virtue. Later writers regarded him as the founder of Cynic philosophy. Wikipedia

„Count all wickedness foreign and alien.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) τὰ πονηρὰ νόμιζε πάντα ξενικά.

„Once, when he was applauded by rascals, he remarked, "I am horribly afraid I have done something wrong."“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius

„It is better to fight with a few good men against all the wicked, than with many wicked men against a few good men.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) κρεῖττόν ἐστι μετ᾿ ὀλίγων ἀγαθῶν πρὸς ἅπαντας τοὺς κακοὺς ἢ μετὰ πολλῶν κακῶν πρὸς ὀλίγους ἀγαθοὺς μάχεσθαι.

„Antisthenes … used to say that the wise man would regulate his conduct as a citizen, not according to the established laws of the state, but according to the law of virtue.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) τὸν σοφὸν οὐ κατὰ τοὺς κειμένους νόμους πολιτεύσεσθαι, ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὸν τῆς ἀρετῆς.

„Antisthenes … said once to a youth from Pontus who was on the point of coming to him to be his pupil, and was asking him what things he wanted, "You want a new book, and a new pen, and a new tablet;" - meaning a new mind.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 4
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) πρός τε τὸ Ποντικὸν μειράκιον μέλλον φοιτᾶν αὐτῷ καὶ πυθόμενον τίνων αὐτῷ δεῖ, φησί, “βιβλιαρίου καινοῦ καὶ γραφείου καινοῦ καὶ πινακιδίου καινοῦ,” τὸν νοῦν παρεμφαίνων.

„The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education.“

—  Antisthenes

Arrian, Discourses of Epictetus, i. 17
Original: (el) ἀρχὴ παιδεύσεως ἡ τῶν ὀνομάτων ἐπίσκεψις

„I'd rather be mad than feel pleasure.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 3; quoted also by Eusebius of Caesarea, Praeparatio Evangelica xv. 13
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) ἔλεγέ τε συνεχές, “μανείην μᾶλλον ἢ ἡσθείην.”

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„Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 12
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius

„Being asked what learning is the most necessary, he replied, "How to get rid of having anything to unlearn."“

—  Antisthenes

§ 7
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) ἐρωτηθεὶς τί τῶν μαθημάτων ἀναγκαιότατον, “τὸ περιαιρεῖν,” ἔφη, “τὸ ἀπομανθάνειν.”

„States are doomed when they are unable to distinguish good men from bad.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius

„Ill repute is a good thing and much the same as pain.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) τήν τ᾿ ἀδοξίαν ἀγαθὸν καὶ ἴσον τῷ πόνῳ

„As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius

„One should attend to one's enemies, for they are the first persons to detect one's errors.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) προσέχειν τοῖς ἐχθροῖς· πρῶτοι γὰρ τῶν ἁμαρτημάτων αἰσθάνονται.

„When he was asked what advantage had accrued to him from philosophy, his answer was, “The ability to hold converse with myself.”“

—  Antisthenes

§ 4
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) ἐρωτηθεὶς τί αὐτῷ περιγέγονεν ἐκ φιλοσοφίας, ἔφη, “τὸ δύνασθαι ἑαυτῷ ὁμιλεῖν.”

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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