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It is a royal privilege to do good and be ill spoken of.

Antisthenes (Greek: Ἀντισθένης; c. 445 – c. 365 BCE) was a Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates, and founder of the Cynic school.


Being asked what learning is the most necessary, he replied, "How to get rid of having anything to unlearn."
  • It is better to fall in with crows than with flatterers; for in the one case you are devoured when dead, in the other case while alive.
  • States are doomed when they are unable to distinguish good men from bad.
  • Once, when he was applauded by rascals, he remarked, "I am horribly afraid I have done something wrong."
  • Wealth and poverty do not lie in a person's estate, but in their souls.
  • I have enough to eat till my hunger is stayed, to drink till my thirst is sated; to clothe myself withal; and out of doors not Callias there, with all his riches, is more safe than I from shivering; and when I find myself indoors, what warmer shirting do I need than my bare walls? what ampler greatcoat than the tiles above my head?
  • There is no work so mean, but it would amply serve me to furnish me with sustenance.
  • To all my friends without distinction I am ready to display my opulence: come one, come all; and whosoever likes to take a share is welcome to the wealth that lies within my soul.

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