The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.

— Thales

The most terrific Thales quotes that will transform you to a better person

Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.

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Who is happy? This is a person, who has a healthy body, is dowered with peace of mind and cultivates his talents.

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We live not, in reality, on the summit of a solid earth but at the bottom of an ocean of air

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Thales quote A multitude of words is no proof of a pr

A multitude of words is no proof of a prudent mind.

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Many words are not proof of the wise man, because the sage only talk when it's needed, and the words are measured and corresponding with the need.

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What man is happy? He who has a healthy body, a resourceful mind, and a docile nature.

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There are three attributes for which I am grateful to Fortune: that I was born, first, human and not animal; second, man and not woman; and third, Greek and not barbarian.

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Suretyship (Dogma) is the precursor of ruin.

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As brightness is to rustiness, so labor excelleth idleness.

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[One] who is healthy in body, resourceful in soul and of a readily teachable nature.

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Placing your stick at the end of the shadow of the pyramid, you made by the sun's rays two triangles, and so proved that the pyramid [height] was to the stick [height] as the shadow of the pyramid to the shadow of the stick.

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Take Time by the forelock.

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Place is the greatest thing, as it contains all things.

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About Thales

Quotes 25 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

I did not become a father because I am fond of children.

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Conceal thy domestic ills.

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All things are from water and all things are resolved into water.

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What is it that is most beautiful? - The Universe;

for it is the work of God. What is most powerful? - Necessity; because it triumphs over all things. What is most difficult? - To know one's self. What is most easy? - To give advice. What method must we take to lead a good life? - To do nothing we would condemn in others. What is necessary to happiness? - A sound body and a contented mind.

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Hope is the most universal of human possessions.

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Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.

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A multitude of words is no proof of a prudent mind.

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I will be sufficiently rewarded if when telling it to others you will not claim the discovery as your own, but will say it was mine.

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The past is certain, the future obscure.

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If there is neither excessive wealth nor immoderate poverty in a nation, then justice may be said to prevail.

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Time is the wisest of all things that are; for it brings everything to light.

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Hope is the only good that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.

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