• Acted: 6th Century BC
  • Lived: 625-546 BC
  • School: Milesian
  • Main Interests: Ethics, Metaphysics, Mathematics, Astronomy
  • Influences: Egyptian geometry, Mesopotamian astronomy
  • Location: Miletus

Quotes

Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.

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THALES

Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Α, 36

How could people manage to stop being unfair to one another? "Only if those treated fairly could experience the same feelings those who are treated unfairly do".

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Α, 59

Somebody asked him if a man can escape the notice of gods when he is unjust. And he replied: "Not even when he is thinking about being unjust, he escapes the notice of gods."

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Α, 36

When they asked him why he never had any children at the bloom of his youth, he replied: "Because I didn’t want to spend a life with sorrows that I had inflicted upon myself."

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΖΗ, 34

What is most common to everyone? Hope, because it still exists even to those who are left with nothing.

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Τῶν ἑπτὰ σοφῶν συμπόσιον, 9

Death is no different from life.

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Α, 35

When his mother was pleading with him to marry, he would tell her: "It’s not time yet". When he was older, he replied: "The time has now passed".

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΞΗ, 29

The distance between lies and truth is the same distance as the eyes from the ears.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΒ, 14