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Pythagoras Quotes


An Ionian Greek philosopher and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism.
(c. 570 - c. 495 BC)

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A thought is an idea in transit.
 

A wound from a tongue is worse than a wound from a sword; for the latter affects only the body, the former the spirit.
 

Ability and necessity dwell near each other.
[Ability]
 

Above all things, reverence yourself.
 

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.
 

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
[Anger]
 

As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
 

As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.
 

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good.
[Begin]
 

Choose always the way that seems best, however rough it may be, and custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.
[Choice]
 

Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
 

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.
[Action]
 

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
 

Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few.
 

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
 

He who knoweth not what he ought to know, is a brute beast among men; he that knoweth no more than he hath need of, is a man among brute beasts; and he that knoweth all that may be known, is as a God among men.
[Learning]
 

If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, then heat; if height, depth also; if solid, then fluid; hardness and softness; roughness and smoothness; calm and tempest; prosperity and adversity; life and death.
 

In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
[Industry]
 

It is better either to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
[Silence]
 

It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, and the discords of families.
[War]
 


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