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Thales
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As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, I, 1. 9. 36
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A multitude of words is no proof of a prudent mind.  - Thales
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Thales
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Variant translation: "Time is the wisest of all things that are; for it brings everything to light." - As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, I, 35
Thales
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As quoted in: "The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, Volume 14" (Leavitt, Trow, & Company, 1848), p. 86

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Nationality: Greek

Occupation: Philosopher

Bio: Thales of Miletus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Many, most notably Aristotle, regard him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition. According to Bertrand Russell, Western philosophy begins with Thales.

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