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seven sages
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generally refers to the "seven sages of Greece" or seven wise men of ancient Greece. The list varies, but the most common (with an idea each) is:
  • Solon of Athens - "Nothing in excess"
  • Chilon of Sparta - "Know thyself"
  • Thales of Miletus - "To bring surety brings ruin"
  • Bias of Priene - "Too many workers spoil the work"
  • Cleobulus of Lindos - "Moderation is impeccable"
  • Pittacus of Mytilene - "Know thine opportunity"
  • Periander of Corinth - "Forethought in all things"
  • In fact, if that convenient vehicle had existed in the days of the Seven Sages, one of them would doubtless have remarked, that you can know little of women by following them about in their pony-phaetons.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (46% in)

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