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

Practice justice in word and deed, and do not get in the habit of acting thoughtlessly about anything.

Order thyself so, that thy Soul may always be in good estate; whatsoever become of thy body.

Patience cometh by the grace of the Soul.

Of all the rest of mankind, make him thy friend who distinguishes himself by his virtue.

Only intellect, as a sage guardian, should be entrusted with the whole life and especially the youth.

Number is the ruler of forms and ideas, and the cause of gods and demons.

Number rules the universe.

None can be free who is a slave to, and ruled by, his passions. [No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself

None but a Craftsman can judge of a craft.

Neither is the sun to be taken from the world, nor freedom of speech from erudition. When a reasonable Soul forsaketh his divine nature, and becometh beast-like, it dieth. For though the substance of the Soul be incorruptible: yet, lacking the use of Reason, it is reputed dead; for it loseth the Intellective Life.

Neither will the horse be adjudged to be generous, that is sumptuously adorned, but the horse whose nature is illustrious; nor is the man worthy who possesses great wealth, but he whose soul is generous.

Most men and women, by birth or nature, lack the means to advance in wealth or power, but all have the ability to advance in knowledge.

Many words befall men, mean and noble alike; do not be astonished by them, nor allow yourself to be constrained. If a lie is told, bear with it gently. But whatever I tell you, let it be done completely. Let no one persuade you by word or deed to do or say whatever is not best for you.

Meditate upon my counsels; love them; follow them; to the divine virtues will they know how to lead thee. I swear it by the One who in our hearts engraved the sacred Tetrad, symbol immense and pure, Source of Nature and model of the Gods.

Life looks like a theater, where very bad people take the best places.

Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.

Let not sleep e'er close thy eyes without thou ask thyself: What have I omitted and what done? Abstain thou if 'tis evil; persevere if good. [Let not sleep fall upon thy eyes till thou has thrice reviewed the transactions of the past day. Where have I turned aside from rectitude? What have I been doing? What have I left undone, which I ought to have done? 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.]

Let thy mind rule thy tongue!

Let no man either by his words, or by his deeds, ever seduce you. [Let no one persuade you by word or deed to do or say whatever is not best for you.]

Know that death comes to everyone, and that wealth will sometimes be acquired, sometimes lost. Whatever griefs mortals suffer by divine chance, whatever destiny you have, endure it and do not complain. But it is right to improve it as much as you can, and remember this: Fate does not give very many of these griefs to good people.

It is the same danger to give a mad person a sword and a dishonest person a power.

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It is requisite to defend those who are unjustly accused of having acted injuriously, but to praise those who excel in a certain good.

It is requisite to choose the most excellent life; for custom will make it pleasant. Wealth is an infirm anchor, glory is still more infirm; and in a similar manner, the body, dominion, and honour. For all these are imbecile and powerless. What then are powerful anchors. Prudence, magnanimity, fortitude. These no tempest can shake. This is the Law of God, that virtue is the only thing that is strong; and that everything else is a trifle.

It is better to suffer, than to do wrong.

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First Name
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