„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.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 4
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius

„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
Originál: (el) ἔλεγέ τε συνεχές, “μανείην μᾶλλον ἢ ἡσθείην.”

„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
Originál: (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
Originál: (el) τήν τ᾿ ἀδοξίαν ἀγαθὸν καὶ ἴσον τῷ πόνῳ

„Antisthenes … was asked on one occasion what learning was the most necessary, and he replied, "To unlearn one's bad habits."“

—  Antisthenes

§ 4
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius

„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
Originál: (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
Originál: (el) ἐρωτηθεὶς τί αὐτῷ περιγέγονεν ἐκ φιλοσοφίας, ἔφη, “τὸ δύνασθαι ἑαυτῷ ὁμιλεῖν.”

„Virtue is the same for a man and for a woman.“

—  Antisthenes

§ 5
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Originál: (el) ἀνδρὸς καὶ γυναικὸς ἡ αὐτὴ ἀρετή.

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

—  Antisthenes

§ 3; quoted also by Marcus Aurelius, vii. 36
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Originál: (el) ἀκούσας ποτὲ ὅτι Πλάτων αὐτὸν κακῶς λέγει, “βασιλικόν,” ἔφη, “καλῶς ποιοῦντα κακῶς ἀκούειν.”

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