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Alciato Emblem 187: Source in Greek Anthology 9.366 (trans Paton, III, 199-201)

Sayings of the Seven Sages

I will tell you in verse the cities, names, and sayings of the seven sages. Cleobolus of Lindus said that measure was best; Chilon in hollow Lacedaemon said "Know thyself;" and Periander, who dwelt in Corinth, "Master anger;" Pittacus, who was from Mytilene, said "Naught in excess;" and Solon, in holy Athens, "Look at the end of life;" Bias of Priene declared that most men are evil, and Thales of Miletus said "Shun suretyship."