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Antisthenes of Athens | Clement, Stromata Book 2

And I agree with Antisthenes when he says, “Could I catch Aphrodite, I would shoot her; for she has destroyed many of our beautiful and good women.” And he says that “Love is a vice of nature, and the wretches who fall under its power call the disease a deity.” For in these words it is shown that stupid people are overcome from ignorance of pleasure, to which we ought to give no admittance, even though it be called a god, that is, though it be given by God for the necessity of procreation.

Source: Translated by William Wilson. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 2. Edited by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1885.)
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Socrates accordingly bids “people guard against enticements to eat when they are not hungry, and to drink when not thirsty, and the glances and kisses of the fair, as fitted to inject a deadlier poison than that of scorpions and spiders.” And Antisthenes chose rather “ to be demented than delighted.” And the Theban Crates says:—

  "Master these, exulting in the disposition of the soul,
  Vanquished neither by gold nor by languishing love,
  Nor are they any longer attendants to the wanton."

And at length infers:—

  "Those, unenslaved and unbended by servile Pleasure,
  Love the immortal kingdom and freedom."

He writes expressly, in other words, “that the stop to the unbridled propensity to amorousness is hunger or a halter.”

Source: Translated by William Wilson. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 2. Edited by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1885.)
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