The Greek philosopher Antisthenes founded a sect whose purpose was to find and apply a remedy for the vices, prevailing then as now, of avarice, luxury, and undue ambition, to inculcate a love of virtue, and to bring about simplicity of manners. Surely the ancient philosopher and his sect were inspired by praiseworthy motives! Yet the followers of Antis-thenes thenes speedily degenerated, and were finally known as cynics, a term of reproach.
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