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SOLON
Athenian one of Seven Sages, lawgiver
(c. 638 BC - 559 BC)

A very fair spot but there is no way down from it.
      - [Dictatorship]

Chide a friend in private and praise him in public.
      - [Friends]

He that will sell his fame will also sell the public interest.
      - [Fame]

Honors achieved far exceed those that are created.
      - [Honor]

I grow old ever learning many things.
      - [Aging : Learning]

If all men would bring their misfortunes together in one place, most would be glad to take his own home again, rather than to take a proportion out of the common stock.
      - [Misfortune]

If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
      - [Misfortune]

Know thyself.
  [Lat., Ne quis nimis. (From the Greek)]
      - his motto, inscribed on Temple of Apollo at Delphi, attributed to Socrates by Plate, later also attributed to Chilo of Thales and Pythagoras
        [Knowledge : Mottoes : Proverbs]

Laws are like spiders' webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
      - [Law]

Look to the end of a long life.
      - words said to Croesus [End]

Men keep agreements when it is to the advantage of neither to break them.
      - [Agreement]

No fool can be silent at a feast.
      - [Fools]

No one can be said to be happy until he is dead.
      - [Happiness]

Poets tell many lies.
      - [Poets]

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
      - [Trust]

Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.
      - [Reproof]

Rich men without wisdom and learning are called sheep with golden fleeces.
      - [Riches]

Satiety comes of riches and contumaciousness of satiety.
      - [Riches]

Society is well governed when the people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.
      - [Obedience]

Speech is the image of actions.
      - [Speech]

To make an empire durable, the magistrates must obey the laws and the people the magistrates.
      - [Law]

True blessedness consisteth in a good life and a happy death.
      - [Blessedness]

What thou seest, speak of with caution.
      - [Secrecy]

Men keep their engagements when it is an advantage to both parties not to break them.
      - Answer to Anacharsis,
        in Plutarch's "Life of Solon" [Law]


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