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Antisthenes Quotes


A Greek philosopher and a pupil of Socrates.
(c. 445 - c. 365 BCE)

A wise man will always be contented with his condition, and will live rather according to the precepts of virtue, than according to the customs of his country.
[Contentment]
 

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

I am sadly afraid that I must have done some wicked thing.
 

It is better to fall among crows than flatterers; for those devour only the dead - these the living.
[Flattery]
 

Not to unlearn what you have learned is the most necessary kind of learning.
 

Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.
[Enemies]
 

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
[Attention]
 

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.
 

That learning is most requisite which unlearns evil.
[Learning]
 

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education.
[Education]
 

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.
 

There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself-an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.
[Friendship]
 

We must not contradict, but instruct him that conradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.