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Bias of Priene


Son of Teutamus and a citizen of Priene was a Greek philosopher.
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Bias of Priene
Speak of the Gods as they are.
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Heraclitus too, a man who was not easily pleased, has praised him; saying, in Priene there lived Bias the son of Teutamus, whose reputation is higher than that of the others.
Bias of Priene
Whatever good fortune befalls you, attribute it to the gods.




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Do not praise an undeserving man because of his riches.
Bias of Priene
Seek to please all the citizens, even though
Your house may be in an ungracious city.
For such a course will favour win from all:
But haughty manners oft produce destruction.
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Great strength of body is the gift of nature;
But to be able to advise whate'er
Is most expedient for one's country's good,
Is the peculiar work of sense and wisdom.
Bias of Priene
It is said that he was very energetic and eloquent when pleading causes; but that he always reserved his talents for the right side. In reference to which Demodicus of Alerius uttered the following enigmatical saying "If you are a judge, give a Prienian decision."
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Great riches come to many men by chance.
Bias of Priene
Cherish wisdom as a means of travelling from youth to old age, for it is more lasting than any other possession.
Bias of Priene
Love prudence.
Bias of Priene
Do not speak fast, for that shows folly.




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Once he was on a voyage with some impious men, and the vessel was overtaken by a storm; so they began to invoke the assistance of the Gods; on which he said, "Hold your tongues, lest they should find out that you are in this ship."
Bias of Priene
Most men are wicked.
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Choose the course which you adopt with deliberation; but when you have adopted it, then persevere in it with firmness.
Bias of Priene
Beneath this stone lies Bias, who was born
In the illustrious Prienian land,
The glory of the whole Ionian race.
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When he was asked by an impious man what piety was, he made no reply; and when his questioner demanded the reason of his silence, he said, "I am silent because you are putting questions about things with which you have no concern." Being asked what was pleasant to men, he replied, "Hope." It was a saying of his that it was more agreeable to decide between enemies than between friends; for that of friends, one was sure to become an enemy to him; but that of enemies, one was sure to become a friend.
Bias of Priene
Accept of things, having procured them by persuasion, not by force.
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The tripod was found near Athens by some fishermen, the brazen tripod I mean, which bore the inscription "For the Wise;" then Satyrus says that the damsels (but others, such as Phanodicus, say that it was their father,) came into the assembly, and said that Bias was the wise man and so the tripod was sent to him. But Bias, when he saw it, said that it was Apollo who was "the Wise," and would not receive the tripod.
Bias of Priene
He used to say, too, that men ought to calculate life both as if they were fated to live a long and a short time: and that they ought to love one another as if at a future time they would come to hate one another; for that most men were wicked.
Bias of Priene
He used also to say that that man was unfortunate who could not support misfortune; and that it is a disease of the mind to desire what was impossible, and to have no regard for the misfortunes of others. Being asked what was difficult, he said "To bear a change of fortune for the worse with magnanimity."
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