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Ideas of Thales, by Text

[Greek, c.625 - 545 BCE, Born and died in Miletus. At the court of King Croesus, at Miletus.]

585BCE fragments/reports
p.19 Nothing is stronger than necessity, which rules everything [Diog. Laertius]
p.19 Thales said the gods know our wrong thoughts as well as our evil actions [Diog. Laertius]
p.135 Thales must have thought soul causes movement, since he thought magnets have soul [Aristotle]
p.138 Thales was the first western thinker to believe the arché was intelligible [Roochnik]
A12 p.12 Thales said water is the first principle, perhaps from observing that food is moist [Aristotle]