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

It is difficult to walk at one and the same time many paths of life.

It is not proper either to have a blunt sword or to use freedom of speech ineffectually.

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

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.

If thy fellows hurt thee in small things, suffer it! and be as bold with them!

If thou intend to do any good; tarry not till to-morrow! for thou knowest not what may chance thee this night.

If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.

Holding fast to these things, you will know the worlds of gods and mortals which permeates and governs everything. And you will know, as is right, nature similar in all respects, so that you will neither entertain unreasonable hopes nor be neglectful of anything.

Honor Wisdom; and deny it not to them that would learn; and shew it unto them that dispraise it! Sow not the sea fields!

Hear gladly!

Hearing and keeping silence, you become a wise man. The beginning of wisdom is silence.

He is not rich, that enjoyeth not his own goods.

He is worst of all that is malicious against his friends.

Having departed from your house, turn not back; for the furies will be your attendants.

Happy is that City that hath a wise man to govern it.

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

Govern your tongue before all other things, following the gods.

Evil destroyeth itself.

For 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. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.

Envy has been, is, and shall be, the destruction of many. What is there, that Envy hath not defamed, or Malice left undefiled? Truly, no good thing.

Eat not the heart. [Do not eat your heart.]

Educate the children and it won't be necessary to punish the men.

Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole.

Eat not the brain. [Do not eat your brain.]

Do nothing evil, neither in the presence of others, nor privately.

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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.
Bio

Greek Ionian Philosopher, Mathematician and founder of movement called Pythagoreanism