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    anyone that knows what this means,

    notce te ipsum

    i think that it is latin, not sure if the spelling is correct. if it is any help it was written outside my old school library.
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    (Original post by _EMMA_)
    anyone that knows what this means,

    notce te ipsum

    i think that it is latin, not sure if the spelling is correct. if it is any help it was written outside my old school library.
    I think it was

    (G)nosce te ipsum [Know yourself] [Seen with and without the initial g]



    The message is intended to be that it is essential to know yourself before you attempt to acquire other knowledge...

    I ought to know who said this. I think that the original was Greek before it was Latin... (goes off to search...)

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    I think it was

    (G)nosce te ipsum [Know yourself] [Seen with and without the initial g]



    The message is intended to be that it is essential to know yourself before you attempt to acquire other knowledge...

    I ought to know who said this. I think that the original was Greek before it was Latin... (goes off to search...)

    Aitch
    Originally [probably] Greek: gnothi seauton [Know thyself]

    It appears in gold letters over the portico of the temple at Delphi, and has been ascribed to Pythagoras, to several of the wise men of Greece, and to Phemonoe, a mythical Greek poetess. According to Juvenal, the words descended from heaven. [As in "Did you paint this on my temple?" "Me? No, Guv. Perhaps it was God..."]

    I have seen it elsewhere ascribed to Hippocrates, which is, I think, where I remember it from. I had understood that Hippocrates gave this advice to doctors whom he was training, to suggest that they should know themselves before trying to understand others.

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    thank you! i have been thinking about it for such a long time. i don't think that i will ever get that phrase out of my head, i read it too many times. but at least now i know the meaning of them. thanks!
 
 
 
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