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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.

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.

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

Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.

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

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

That learning is most requisite which unlearns evil.

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of 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.

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