Babylonian Talmud

c. 5th Century B.C.

One of the Two Major Compilations of Jewish Religious Teachings and Commentary that was Transmitted Orally

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Who is honoured? He who honours others.

The end of wisdom is repentance and good works.

Physical cleanliness leads to spiritual purity.

If a man commit an offence and repeat it, it becomes in his eyes something permitted.

Ambition destroys its possessor.

A name made great is a name destroyed.

Let the property of your fellow-man be as dear to you as your own.

Who is rich? He who enjoys his wealth.

An ignorant man will always be the first to be heard.

Man comes into the world with grasping hands, but leaves it with open hands.

Whose works exceed his wisdom, his wisdom shall endure; whose wisdom exceeds his works, his wisdom shall perish.

As learned men grow older, they increase their wisdom; As ignorant men grow older, they increase in folly.

No man shall be held responsible for words uttered in affliction.

Wise is he who learns from every man.

Be wise enough to be silent.

One who repeats his lesson a hundred times is not like one who repeats it a hundred and one times.

Better is one hour of repentance and good deeds in this world than a whole life in the World to Come.

Righteous men are greater after their death than during their lifetime.

Charity is equal to all the other precepts put together.

Silence is good for the wise; how much more for the foolish.

First learn, then form opinions.

Six hundred and thirteen commandments were given to Moses. King David came and reduced them to eleven (Psalms XV). The prophet Isaiah further reduced them to six (Isaiah XXXIII) Micah (VI, 8) reduced them to three: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.

Follow the customs of the city wherein thou comest.

Slander is called the third tongue because it slays three persons, the speaker, the spoken to, and the spoken of.

Greater is he who lends (in time) than he who performs an act of charity.

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c. 5th Century B.C.

One of the Two Major Compilations of Jewish Religious Teachings and Commentary that was Transmitted Orally