Temet nosce……..

 

“Temet nosce,” the Latin translation of the Greek phrase “gnothi seauton,” which was engraved in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, dates back to the fourth century. It translates as “know yourself ” and carries with it the idea that you must first understand yourself before you can understand others around you.

Exactly which of the great Greek scholars came up with this profound aphorism is not clear; it may have been Socrates, or possibly Pythagoras, or one of four other sages. It has long been used in English by those of a philosophical bent and has been widely quoted since it was used by the character of the Oracle in the 1999 dystopian sci-fi film The Matrix.

 

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