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How to Say No

Nonfiction: Self-Help
Unabridged   9.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/18/2022

How to Say No

An Ancient Guide to the Art of Cynicism

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696609555


An entertaining and enlightening collection of ancient writings about the philosophers who advocated simple living and rejected unthinking conformity.

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The Cynics were ancient Greek philosophers who stood athwart the flood of society's material excess, unexamined conventions, and even norms of politeness and thundered "No!" Diogenes, the most famous Cynic, wasn't shy about literally extending his middle finger to the world. When asked why he was called Diogenes the Dog, he replied "because I fawn on those who give, I bark at those who don't, and I bite scoundrels." How to Say No is a delightful collection of brief ancient writings about Cynicism that captures all the outrageousness, wit, and wisdom of its remarkable cast of characters―from Diogenes in the fourth century BCE to the column-stander Symeon Stylites in late antiquity.

With their "less is more" approach to life, the Cynics speak urgently to our world of climate change, economic uncertainty, and psychic malaise. Although the Cynics weren't writers, their memorable utterances and behavior were recorded by their admirers and detractors, and M. D. Usher offers fresh new translations of appealing selections from this body of writing―ranging from street sermons and repartee to biography and snapshots of Cynics in action.

Complete with introductions to the volume, this lively book demonstrates why the Cynics still retain their power to surprise us and make us laugh―and to make us think and question how we live.

Author Bio

Diogenes of Sinope (c. 412–323 BC) was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynicism.