101 Parallels

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Accustom yourselves to wash with cold water,

to drink only water,
to eat nothing that has not been earned by toil,
to wear a cloak,
and to make it a habit to sleep on the ground.

[Anonymous instruction cited in A.J. Malherbe [The Cynic Epistles] (1977)]


For me, a Scythian cloak serves as my garment,

the skin of my feet as my shoes,
the whole earth as my resting place,
milk, cheese and meat as my favorite meal,
hunger as my main course.

[cited in A.J. Malherbe, The Cynic Epistles (1977)]