A common practice in ancient Greece was for scholars to preserve their sayings.
Here is a list of the 7 wise men with one of their sayings which they are supposed to have made famous. Many of these men were politicians or poets as well as philosophers. All of them lived between 620 and 550 B.C.
Cleobulus of Rhodes – MODERATION IS THE CHIEF GOOD.
Periander of Corinth – FORETHOUGHT IN ALL THINGS
Pittacus of Mytilene – KNOW YOUR OPPORTUNITY.
Bias of Priene – TOO MANY WORKERS SPOIL THE WORK.
Thales of Miletus – TO GO INTO DEBT BRINGS RUIN.
Chilon of Sparta – KNOW THYSELF.
Solon of Athens – NOTHING IN EXCESS.
THALES THE MILESIAN, a philosopher best known for his dictum
that moisture was the basis of all life, stunned all of Greece with his prediction
of a solar eclipse in 585 B.C. When asked what task was most difficult for anyone,
he replied, “TO KNOW THYSELF”.