Seven Sages of Greece

(1) Solon of Athens, whose motto was, “Know thyself.”

(2) Chilo of Sparta—“Consider the end.”

(3) Thales of Miletos—“Who hateth suretyship is sure.”

(4) Bias of Priene—“Most men are bad.”

(5) Cleobulos of Lindos—“The golden mean,” or “Avoid extremes.”

(6) Pittacos of Mitylene—“Seize Time by the forelock.”

(7) Periander of Corinth—“Nothing is impossible to industry.”

First, Solon, who madé the Athenian laws,

While Chilo, in Sparta, was famed for his saws: In Miletos did Thales astronomy teach;

Bios
used in Priene his morals to preach;

Cleobulos,
of Lindos, was handsome and wise; Mitylene gainst thraldom saw Pittacos rise;

Periander
is said to have gained through his court

The title that Myson, the Chenian, ought.

E.C.B.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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