Thales of Miletus

Thales of Miletus (c. 624 – c. 546 BC)

Thales was a pre-Socratic natural philosopher, geometer, and astronomer born in Miletus. Thales argued against the mythological way of explaining life; he had the incredibly optimistic idea that human beings can uncover the true workings of nature, with our mind and senses. According to the philosopher Edmund Husserl, philosophy began with individuals, such as Thales, who lived the philosophical life. It inspired others to do the same and led to new forms of communication which spread across the borders.


The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.

Hope is the only good that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.

Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.

Water is the first principle of everything.

Time is the wisest of all things that are; for it brings everything to light.

A multitude of words is no proof of a prudent mind.

Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.

Necessity is the strongest of things, for it rules everything.

Nothing is more ancient than God, for he was never created.

Place is the greatest thing, as it contains all things.