know thyself

Cf. Gr. γνῶθι σαυτόν (or σεαυτόν), the motto inscribed on the 6th-cent. BC temple of Apollo at Delphi and quoted by several ancient writers (some attributing it to Solon): see esp. Pausanias x. 24 and Juvenal Satires xi; L. nosce teipsum.

1387 J. TREVISA tr. Higden’s Polychronicon (1865) 1.241 While the cherle smootthe victor, he schulde of te seie to hym in this manere:..Knowe thyself.

1545 R. ASCHAM Toxophilus II. 36 Knowe thy selfe: that is to saye, learne to knowe what thou arte able, fitte and apt vnto, and folowe that.

1732 POPE Essay on Man II. 1 Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man.

1849 BULWER-LYTTON Caxtons III. XVI. X. ‘Know thyself,’ said the old philosophy. ‘Improve thyself,’ saith the new.

2002 Washington Times 7 Feb. A21 The self-esteem movement is based on simple-minded shibboleths such as ‘Love thyself,’ rather than ‘Know thyself.’


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