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Aristippus (Greek: Ἀρίστιππος) of Cyrene (c. 435 – c. 356 BCE) was the founder of the Cyrenaic school of Philosophy. He was a pupil of Socrates, but adopted a very different philosophical outlook, teaching that the goal of life was to seek pleasure by adapting circumstances to oneself and by maintaining proper control over both adversity and prosperity. Among his pupils was his daughter Arete.

Aristippus, the son of Aritades, was born at Cyrene, Ancient Libya, c. 435 BCE. He came over to Greece to be present at the Olympic games, where he fell in love with Ischomachus the agriculturist, and by his description was filled with so ardent a desire to see Socrates, that he went to Athens for the purpose, and remained with him almost up to the tim

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“The best thing is to possess pleasures without being their slave; not to be devoid of pleasures.”

“Those that study particular sciences, and neglect philosophy, are like Penelope's wooers, that make love to the waiting women.”