Solon

Solon
c. 638 B.C.
c. 558 B.C.

Athenian Lawgiver, Statesman, Poet, One of the Seven Sages of Greece

Author Quotes

What thou seest, speak of with caution.

Who hath both gold and silver in his hand, horses and mules, and acres of wheat-land, and him whose all is decent food to eat, clothes to his back and shoes upon his feet, and a young wife and child, since so 'twill be, and no more years than will with that agree;" and in another place.

Wealth I would have, but wealth by wrong procure I would not; justice, e'en if slow, is sure.

No man is happy. He is, at best, fortunate.

True blessedness consisteth in a good life and a happy death.

No more good must be attempted than the nation can bear.

Watch well each separate citizen, lest having in his heart of hearts a secret spear, one still may come saluting you with cheerful face, and utter with a double tongue the feigned good wishes of his wary mind.

No one can be said to be happy until he is dead.

We can have justice whenever those who have not been injured by injustice are as outraged by it as those who have been.

Poets tell many lies.

We humbly beg a blessing on our laws from mighty Jove, and honor, and applause.

Power proves the man.

Wealth breeds satiety, satiety outrage.

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.

Rich men without wisdom and learning are called sheep with golden fleeces.

Rule, after you have first learned to submit to rule.

Satiety comes of riches and contumaciousness of satiety.

Seek to learn constantly while you live; do not wait in the faith that old age by itself will bring wisdom.

Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.

Know thyself.

Some wicked men are rich, some good are poor, we will not change our virtue for their store: virtue's a thing that none can take away; but money changes owners all the day.

Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky.

That city in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to punish the wrongdoers.

Look to the end of a long life.

That where the least injury done to the meanest individual, is considered as an insult on the whole constitution. [The answer to the question 'Which is the most perfect popular government?']

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First Name
Solon
Birth Date
c. 638 B.C.
Death Date
c. 558 B.C.
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Athenian Lawgiver, Statesman, Poet, One of the Seven Sages of Greece