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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:38
AUTHOR:Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
QUOTATION:Full wise is he that can himselven knowe. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Canterbury Tales. The Monkes Tale. Line 1449.
 
Note 1.
Thales was asked what was very difficult; he said, “To know one’s self.”—Diogenes Laertius: Thales, ix.

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.
Alexander Pope: Epistle ii. line 1. [back]
 

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