Thales (ca. 624 BC–ca. 546 BC) was a Greek philosopher and one of the Seven Sages of Greece.
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Nothing is more active than thought
, for it flies over the whole universe
; nothing is stronger than necessity
, for all must submit to it.
is the only good
that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.
- Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.
- As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, I, 36
- A multitude of words is no proof of a prudent mind.
- As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, I, 1. 9. 36; as translated in Dictionary of Quotations (Classical) edited by Thomas Benfield Harbottle, p. 455
- The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.
- Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1862), by Henry Southgate, p. 338
- Hope is the only good that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.
- A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908) by Tryon Edwards, p. 234
- 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.
- As quoted in Love and Live Or Kill and Die : Realities of the Destruction of Human Life (2009) by James H. Wilson, p. 72
- Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.
- Strongest is Necessity because it governs all things.
- As quoted in Symbolism of the Sphere : A Contribution to the History of Earlier Greek Philosophy (1977), by Otto Brendel p. 36
- Megiston topos: hapanta gar chorei
- Place is the greatest thing, as it contains all things.
- As quoted in Encyclopedia of Philosophy for Smartphones and Mobile Devices (2007) by MobileReference
- [One] who is healthy in body, resourceful in soul and of a readily teachable nature.
- Definition of a happy man, as quoted in Encyclopedia of Philosophy for Smartphones and Mobile Devices (2007) by MobileReference
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Quotes about Thales
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is wisest because it discovers everything.
- Thales asserted Water to be the principle of things. For he saw that matter was principally dispensed in moisture, and moisture in water; and it seemed proper to make that the principle of things, in which the virtues and powers of beings, and especially the elements of their generations and restorations, were chiefly found. He saw that the breeding of animals is in moisture ; that the seeds and kernels of plants (as long as they are productive and fresh), are likewise soft and tender; that metals also melt and become fluid, and are as it were concrete juices of the earth, or rather a kind of mineral waters; that the earth itself is fertilised and revived by showers or irrigation, and that earth and mud seem nothing else than the lees and sediment of water; that air most plainly is but the exhalation and expansion of water; nay, that even fire itself cannot be lighted, nor kept in and fed, except with moisture and by means of moisture. He saw, too, that the fatness which belongs to moisture, and which is the support and life of flame and fire, seems a kind of ripeness and concoction of the water.
- Francis Bacon, in De Principiis Atque Originibus as translated in The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon (1905) edited by John M. Robertson
- Thales had a motto — sophotaton chronos aneuriskei gar panta — which means time is wisest because it discovers everything. We still live by that motto — we mark the time and aid the discoveries by keeping the soul lines intact.
- Dennis Batchelder, in Soul Identity (2007, p. 59
- According to Diogenes Laertius, Thales believed that “water constituted the principle of all things.”
- Varadaraja V. Raman, in Indic Visions : In an Age of Science (2011), p. 181