Antisthenes
(c 444 - 371 BC)

Philosopher who was born in Athens and founded the school of cynicism.
He despised life to the degree that he recommended suicide, and be-lieved luxury and comfort was despicable. He believed one must be hardworking and virtuous in order to achieve happiness.

His most famous pupil was Diogenes, who had practically forced himself into the cynic school.

Antisthenes walked around in an old cloak since he had given every-thing he owned away. One day Socrates met him in the street and told him his vanity shone through the holes of his dress, and after this Antisthenes told his students, the cynics, to find another teacher, closed his school and became his disciple.

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