Accustom yourselves to wash with cold water,
to drink only water,[Anonymous instruction cited in A.J. Malherbe [The Cynic Epistles] (1977)]
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.
For me, a Scythian cloak serves as my garment,
the skin of my feet as my shoes,[cited in A.J. Malherbe, The Cynic Epistles (1977)]
the whole earth as my resting place,
milk, cheese and meat as my favorite meal,
hunger as my main course.