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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a sect of Greek philosophers, disciples of Antisthenes, who was a disciple of Socrates, but carried away with him only part of Socrates' teaching and enforced that as if it were the whole, dropped all regard for humanity and the universal reason, and taught that "virtue lay wholly in the avoidance of evil, and those desires and greeds that bind us to enjoyments," so that his disciples were called the "Capuchins of the Old World." These in time went further than their master, and conceived a contempt for everything that was not self-derived; they derived their name from the gymnasium in Athens, where their master taught.
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Cynics are made, not born.
The cynics are right nine times out of ten.
Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.
You defied the cynics, you accomplished big things, racked up a great record. And you don't get enough credit, i can't imagine how that feels.
Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency has not delivered on this vision, but I still think the cynics are wrong.
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