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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Cleobulus
 
        [One of the Seven Wise Men of Greece; king of Lindus, in Rhodes, in the sixth century B.C.]
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Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
          “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”—Epistle of St. James, i. 19.
  Attributed to Bias in the form, “Hear much, speak little.”
  Cleobulus also advised “moderation in all things.”
  His daughter, Cleobuline, was a great inventor of riddles. To her is ascribed that on the year: “A father has twelve children, and each of these thirty daughters, on one side white and on the other black; and, though immortal, they all die.”
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