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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Diogenes Laërtius. (fl. early 3d cent.)
    Alcæus mentions Aristodemus in these lines:—
’T is money makes the man; and he who ’s none
Is counted neither good nor honourable.
          Thales. vii.
    Thales said there was no difference between life and death. “Why, then,” said some one to him, “do not you die?” “Because,” said he, “it does make no difference.”
          Thales. ix.
    When Thales was asked what was difficult, he said, “To know one’s self.” And what was easy, “To advise another.”
          Thales. ix.
    He said that men ought to remember those friends who were absent as well as those who were present.
          Thales. ix.
    The apophthegm “Know thyself” is his. 1
          Thales. xiii.
    Writers differ with respect to the apophthegms of the Seven Sages, attributing the same one to various authors.
          Thales. xiv.
    Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions;… that laws were like cobwebs,—for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.
          Solon. x.
    Solon gave the following advice: “Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath. Never tell a lie. Pay attention to matters of importance.”
          Solon. xii.
    As some say, Solon was the author of the apophthegm, “Nothing in excess.” 2
          Solon. xvi.
Note 1.
See Pope, Quotation 22. Also Plutarch, Quotation 128. [back]
Note 2.
[greek], nequid nimis. [back]