Chilon of Lacedemon

Chilon of Lacedemon
fl. 560 B.C.

Greek Sage, a member of the Seven Sages of Greece

Author Quotes

What is difficult? To keep a secret, to employ leisure well, to be able to bear an injury.

If you confer a benefit, never remember it; if you receive one, remember it always.

Do not let one's tongue outrun one's sense.

Restrain anger.

If one is strong be also merciful, so that one's neighbors may respect one rather than fear one.

Prefer a loss to dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.

Do not laugh at a person in misfortune.

Prefer punishment to disgraceful gain; for the one is painful but once, but the other for one's whole life.

Honor old age.

Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.

Do not speak evil of the dead.

The three things most difficult are - to keep a secret, to forget an injury, and to make good use of leisure.

The tongue should into be suffered to outrun the mind.

Virtue maketh men on the earth famous, in their graves illustrious, in the heavens immortal.

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First Name
Chilon of Lacedemon
Birth Date
fl. 560 B.C.

Greek Sage, a member of the Seven Sages of Greece