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Thales of Miletus (c. 623–544 BCE) was an ancient Greek scholar who is widely considered to be the first mathematician and the first philosopher. He was one of the Seven Sages of Greece (Thales plus: Bias, Chilon, Cleobulus, Periandros, Pittacus and Solon). Thales rejected the supernatural and mystical theories that were used to explain various phenomena by his predecessors which justifies his epitaph of being the first philosopher. However… he believed that everything was made of water and that earth floats on water. Not quite the case, but not a million miles off either.

The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.

The past is certain, the future obscure.

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


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