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ca. 636 BC - 558 BC, Athenian poet and statesman

Clear your mind of can't.
Solon

Chide a friend in private and praise him in public.
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True blessedness consists in a good life and a happy death.
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Rich men without wisdom and learning are called sheep with golden fleeces.
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Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend.
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Honors achieved far exceed those that are created.
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Call no man happy until he is dead.
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No more good must be attempted than the nation can bear.
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Pursue worthy aims.
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The ideal state is that in which an injury done to the least of its citizens is an injury done to
all.
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He that will sell his fame will also sell the public interest.
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If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal
portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
Solon

Laws are like spiders' webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large
things break through and escape.
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Society is well governed when the people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey
the law.
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