Pythagoras, aka Pythagoras of Samos or Pythagoras the Samian

Pythagoras, aka Pythagoras of Samos or Pythagoras the Samian
c. 582 B.C.
c. 495 B.C.

Greek Ionian Philosopher, Mathematician and founder of movement called Pythagoreanism

Author Quotes

You will know that wretched men are the cause of their own suffering, who neither see nor hear the good that is near them, and few are the ones who know how to secure release from their troubles. Such is the fate that harms their minds; like pebbles they are tossed about from one thing to another with cares unceasing. For the dread companion Strife harms them unawares, whom one must not walk behind, but withdraw from and flee.

You should make great things, not promising great things.

You should take a dog after a long search for a friend, because a faithful dog is the image of a fast friend.

You should keep silence or to say something that is better than a silence.

You should learn something about other people. Knowledge of people is more comfortable and essential than knowledge of gods.

Write in the sand the flaws of your friend.

You should give a possibility to mature to your thoughts under your tongue before you begin to speak.

Work at these things, practice them, these are the things you ought to desire; they are what will put you on the path of divine virtue

Wish not the thing, which thou mayest not obtain!

Without Justice, no realm may prosper.

Wind indeed increases fire, but custom love.

Wisdom thoroughly learned will never be forgotten.

When going to the temple to adore Divinity neither say nor do anything in the interim pertaining to the common affairs of life.

When the wise man opens his mouth, the beauties of his soul present themselves to the view, like the statues in a temple

What is the most veritable? People are bad.

We ought so to behave to one another as to avoid making enemies of our friends, and at the same time to make friends of our enemies.

Use examples; that such as thou teachest may understand thee the better!

True and perfect friendship is, to make one heart and mind of many hearts and bodies.

To cognize the Divine Essence

To use Virtue is perfect blessedness.

Time is the soul of this world.

Those alone are dear to Divinity who are hostile to injustice.

Thought is an Idea in transit, which when once released, never can be lured back, nor the spoken word recalled. Nor ever can the overt act be erased All that thou thinkest, sayest, or doest bears perpetual record of itself, enduring for Eternity.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.

This Symbol admonishes us to beware of everything which is corruptive of our converse with the gods and divine prophecy.

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Pythagoras, aka Pythagoras of Samos or Pythagoras the Samian
Birth Date
c. 582 B.C.
Death Date
c. 495 B.C.
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Greek Ionian Philosopher, Mathematician and founder of movement called Pythagoreanism