Solon’s Top 10 Tips

  1. In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend.
  2. Men keep agreements when it is to the advantage of neither to break them.
  3. Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
  4. Speech is the mirror of action.
  5. Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.
  6. Clear your mind of can’t.
  7. I grow old ever learning many things.
  8. Seek to learn constantly while you live; do not wait in the faith that old age by itself will bring wisdom.
  9. Purse worthy aims.
  10. Learn to obey before you command.

Solon (Greek lawgiver and politician, born c. 630 bce – died c. 560 bce)

An Athenian statesman known as one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece.  He ended exclusive aristocratic control of the government, substituted a system of control by the wealthy, and introduced a new and more humane law code. He was also a noted poet.


Cadoux, T.J. (2016) Solon. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 12 June, 2016].


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