Maimonides, given name Moses ben Maimon or Moshe ben Maimon, known as "Rambam"

Maimonides, given name Moses ben Maimon or Moshe ben Maimon, known as "Rambam"
1135
1204

Spanish-born Jewish Philosopher, Great Torah Scholar and Physician

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When a calamity strikes the community we must cry out, examine our lives and correct our ways. To say that the calamity is merely a natural phenomenon and a chance occurrence is insensitive and cruel.

The purpose and intent [of a true leader] shall be to elevate mankind’s faith and fill the world with justice.

Just as the wise person is distinguished by his knowledge, so too must he be distinguished by his actions, behavior and conduct.

A person must see himself and the world as equally balanced on two ends of the scale, by doing one good deed, he tips the scale and brings for himself and the entire world redemption and salvation.

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.

All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance. [All hatred would come to an end] when the earth was flooded with the knowledge of God.

Your purpose... should always be to know...the whole that was intended to be known.

The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it.

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.

The soul is subject to health and disease, just as is the body. The health and disease of both... undoubtedly depend upon beliefs and customs, which are peculiar to mankind.

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.

Know that for the human mind there are certain objects of perception which are within the scope of its nature and capacity; on the other hand, there are, amongst things which actually exist, certain objects which the mind can in no way and by no means grasp: the gates of perception are dosed against it. Further, there are things of which the mind understands one part, but remains ignorant of the other; and when man is able to comprehend certain things, it does not follow that he must be able to comprehend everything.

When I have a difficult subject before me — when I find the road narrow, and can see no other way of teaching a well established truth except by pleasing one intelligent man and displeasing ten thousand fools — I prefer to address myself to the one man, and to take no notice whatever of the condemnation of the multitude; I prefer to extricate that intelligent man from his embarrassment and show him the cause of his perplexity, so that he may attain perfection and be at peace.

Do not imagine that these most difficult problems can be thoroughly understood by any one of us. This is not the case. At times the truth shines so brilliantly that we perceive it as clear as day. Our nature and habit then draw a veil over our perception, and we return to a darkness almost as dense as before. We are like those who, though beholding frequent flashes of lightning, still find themselves in the thickest darkness of the night. On some the lightning flashes in rapid succession, and they seem to be in continuous light, and their night is as clear as the day.

We are obligated to be more scrupulous in fulfilling the commandment of charity than any other positive commandment because charity is the sign of a righteous man.

It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.

Accept the truth from whatever source it comes.

No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.

The highest aim of man: the knowledge of God.

The foundation of all foundations, and the pillar of all wisdom, is to know that there is a First Existence, who brings all existences into being.

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money or by teaching him a trade or by putting him in the way of business so that he may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to the dreadful alternative of holding out his hand for charity. This is the highest step and summit of charity's golden ladder.

If I do not acquire ideals when I'm young, when will I? Not when I'm old.

There are eight rungs in charity. The highest is when you help a man to help himself.

The service of God is not intended for God’s perfection; it is intended for our perfection.

There are eight degrees in almsgiving… Supreme above all is to give assistance to a fellow man who has fallen on evil times by presenting him with a gift or loan, or entering into a partnership with him, or procuring him work, thereby helping him to become self-supporting. Next best is giving alms in such a way that the giver and recipient are unknown to each other. This is, indeed, the performance of a commandment from disinterested motives.

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First Name
Maimonides, given name Moses ben Maimon or Moshe ben Maimon, known as "Rambam"
Birth Date
1135
Death Date
1204
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Spanish-born Jewish Philosopher, Great Torah Scholar and Physician