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

Don't eat your heart.

Do not let sleep close your tired eyes until you have three times gone over the events of the day. 'What did I do wrong? What did I accomplish? What did I fail to do that I should have done?' Starting from the beginning, go through to the end. Then, reproach yourself for the things you did wrong, and take pleasure in the good things you did.

Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few. [Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.]

Dispose thy Soul to all good and necessary things!

Do not eat your heart.

Do not even think of doing what ought not to be done.

Despise all those things which when liberated from the body you will not want; invoke the Gods to become your helpers.

Disbelieve nothing wonderful concerning the gods, nor concerning divine dogmas.

Declining from the public ways, walk in unfrequented paths.

Cut not fire with a sword. [Poke not the fire with a sword.]

Dear youths, I warn you cherish peace divine.

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.

Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.

By the air which I breathe, and by the water which I drink, I will not endure to be blamed on account of this discourse.

Better be mute, than dispute with the Ignorant.

By Silence, the discretion of a man is known : and a fool, keeping Silence, seemeth to be wise.

Avoid as much as possible hating thy friend for a slight fault.

Be not hasty to speak; nor slow to hear!

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.

Assist a man in raising a burden; but do not assist him in laying it down.

Attempt nothing above thy strength!

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 seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.

As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.

And in your hearts lay deep these words of mine.

Accustom thyself to a way of living that is neat and decent without luxury.

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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