Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Thales, aka Thales of Miletus NULL

Greek Philosopher, One of Seven Sages of Greece, Astronomer and Geometer

"The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself."

"Know thyself."

"What is most common? Hope; for those who have nothing else have that ever with them."

"A circle is bisected by any diameter."

"A happy man is he who is healthy in body, resourceful in soul and of a readily teachable nature."

"Amid the roses fierce Repentance rears Her snaky crest."

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

"A small spark is enough to burn down a whole forest."

"An angle in a semicircle is a right angle."

"Conceal thy domestic ills."

"Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing."

"Don't come to a conclusion before listening to both sides."

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

"Hope is the poor man's bread."

"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."

"It is success that colors all in life, success makes fools admir'd, makes villains honest."

"Loveliness Needs not the foreign aid of ornament, but is, when unadorn'd, adorn'd the most."

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

"Nothing is more ancient than God, for He was never created; nothing more beautiful than the world, it is the work of that same God; nothing is more active than thought, for it flies over the whole universe; nothing is stronger than necessity, for all must submit to it."

"Recognizing yourself is the hardest thing in life, these are three famous quotes of Thales; it expresses the general usage to the human being."

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

"Shun security."

"The angles between two intersecting straight lines are equal."

"Take Time by the forelock."

"Strongest is Necessity because it governs all things."

"Suretyship is the precursor of ruin."

"The past is certain, the future obscure."

"The base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal."

"The generous heart should scorn a pleasure which gives others pain."

"The wisest thing is Time, for it brings everything to light."

"The skillful man is superior to the strong man."

"Trust no secrets to a friend, which, if reported, would bring infamy."

"Two triangles are congruent if they have two angles and one side equal."

"Thought is more active than anything, for it activities over the universe, and nil is stronger than need for all must present to it."

"Water is the principle, or the element, of things. All things are water."

"What is God? That what has nor a beginning nor an end!"

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

"What is difficult? It is difficult to learn something about yourself."

"What is the most easy thing on earth? To give advice to other people!"

"Wish is the only superior that is general to all men; those who have nothing else hold hope at a halt."