Maxims and Quotations of the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece

24 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2012 Last revised: 24 Apr 2019

Date Written: March 25, 2012


This paper contains a set of wisdom pieces of ancient Greece, in terms of the maxims of the oracle of Delphi and the quotations of the seven sages of ancient Greece. The seven sages were Thales, Pittacos, Bias, Solon, Cleovoulos, Periandros, and Chilon. They lived in ancient Greece over 600 years B.C. and before the advent of the classical Greek philosophers, like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, etc. The purpose of this paper is to make all readers (general public, educated and not, young, old, men, women, high school, college and university students, managers, workers, professionals, etc.) aware of a set of classical quotations that could be used to help them in all walks and stages in their personal and professional life, and hopefully enable them to understand, reflect upon, and improve their relationships, in the long term.

Keywords: ancient Greek quotations, Thales, Solon, Periandros, Pittacos, Bias, Chilon, Cleovoulos, seven sages

JEL Classification: I00, I12, I31, D64, H10

Suggested Citation

Kyriazoglou, John, Maxims and Quotations of the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece (March 25, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

John Kyriazoglou (Contact Author)

University of Toronto ( email )

Woodsworth College
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8

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