BIASPriene, 6th century B.C.
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One of the "Seven Sages" of Greece. He was born in Priene in Ionia, hence his name Prineus. Beneficial, unselfish and justice-loving, he advocated in the courts free of charge, to defend the wronged. After the conquest of Priene by the Persians, when the inhabitants left taking with them everything that was most valuable, Bias, although very rich, left his native city without taking anything with him. And, when they asked him, he said: "whatever I have, I bring with me." This phrase remained proverbial both in the Greek and Latin worlds.
Plutarch, Aristotle, Stobaius, Diogenes Laertius, refer to the wisdom of the man, a wisdom not so much theoretical as practical, which came from the sage's deep knowledge of man and his problems. Only a few of his maxims have survived, and among them, a fragment of his lyrical poem.
- THE HARDEST THING IS TO CALMLY FACE CHANGES TOWARDS THE WORSE
- UNFORTUNATE IS HE WHO CANNOT BEAR MISFORTUNE
- BEING BORN STRONG IS A WORK OF NATURE, BEING ABLE TO SAY WHAT BENEFITS THE COUNTRY IS A PARTICULAR CHARACTERISTIC OF THE SOUL AND WISDOM
- MANY CAN GET RICH BY ACCIDENT
- WISHING FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE AND BEING INDIFFERENT TO OTHER'S TRAGEDIES IS A MENTAL ILLNESS
- BE SILENT WHEN THEY ASK FROM YOU TO LEARN THINGS THAT DON'T SUIT YOU
- HOPE IS SWEETEST
- WINNING IS THE MOST PLEASURABLE
- WE SHOULD ARRANGE OUR LIFE AS IF WE ARE GOING TO LIVE VERY BRIEFLY
- LOVE OTHERS BEARING IN MIND THAT THEY CAN BECOME OUR ENEMIES BECAUSE MOST ARE EVIL
- IT IS BETTER TO JUDGE ENEMIES THAN FRIENDS BECAUSE OF FRIENDS ONE WILL BECOME AN ENEMY ANYWAY WHILE OF ENEMIES ONE WILL BECOME A FRIEND
- DON'T RUSH IN WHATEVER YOU DO AND WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE, BE STABLE
- DON'T TALK IN A HURRY BECAUSE THAT LOOKS CRAZY
- LOVE PRUDENCE
- ABOUT THE GODS SPEAK AS THEY ARE
- PRAISE NOT THE UNWORTHY BECAUSE THEY ARE RICH
- ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT BY PERSUASION AND NOT BY VIOLENCE
- WHATEVER GOOD YOU ACHIEVE, ATTRIBUTE IT TO THE HELP OF THE GODS
- FROM YOUTH FOR OLD AGE RESERVE WISDOM, THIS IS THE SUREST ACQUISITION