The Astrologer that tumbled into a Well

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A mirroring on being intellectually ill. Or something. 


Let, for want of due repair,
A real house fall down,
To build a castle in the air?

– Charles Denis


A witty and attractive Thracian servant-girl is said to have mocked Thales for falling into a well while he was observing the stars and gazing upwards; declaring that he was eager to know the things in the sky, but what was behind him and just by his feet escaped his attention.

– A fragment on Thales from Plato’s Theaetetus

 

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