Ptahhotep (circa 2350 B.C.E.) was an ancient Egyptian city administrator during the reign of Pharaoh Djedkare Isesi in the Fifth Dynasty. He is credited with authoring The Maxims of Ptahhotep, an early piece of Egyptian “wisdom literature.” He wrote on a number of topics that were derived from the central concept of Egyptian wisdom and literature which came from the goddess Maat, who personified the concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. The text reads as advice and instructions from a father to his son and are said to have been assembled during the late Old Kingdom.
Quotes by Ptahhotep…
Emulate your forefathers, your ancestors… You see, their words remain in their writings open, that you may read and copy their wisdom.
Speech is mightier than all fighting.