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The following passages is an excerpt from The Stoic’s Bible:
THE SEVEN SAGES
6th c. B.C.
SOURCE: as noted.
On being asked what is difficult: To know oneself. What is easy? To give advice to another. What is pleasant? Success. What is divine? That which has neither beginning nor end. The strangest thing he had ever seen? An aged tyrant. Thales of Miletus. D.L.I. pp.37, 39.
How shall we lead the best and most righteous life? By refraining from doing what we blame in others. Thales. D.L.I. p.39.
To Thales belongs the proverb: KNOW THYSELF. D.L.I. p.41.
One should say what is probable and shroud in silence that which is impossible. Thales. PL. Mor .2, p.429. Read more…