|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Plutarch (A.D. 46?A.D. c. 120)|
|QUOTATION:||There are two sentences inscribed upon the Delphic oracle, hugely accommodated to the usages of mans life: Know thyself, 1 and Nothing too much; and upon these all other precepts depend.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Consolation to Apollonius.|
See Pope, Quotation 22.
Plutarch ascribes this saying to Plato. It is also ascribed to Pythagoras, Chilo, Thales, Cleobulus, Bias, and Socrates; also to Phemonë, a mythical Greek poetess of the ante-Homeric period. Juvenal (Satire xi. 27) says that this precept descended from heaven. [back]