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

All is Number.

Abstain from beans.

Above and before all things, worship GOD! [Honor first the immortal gods, in the manner prescribed, and respect the oath.] Next, honor the reverent heroes and the spirits of the dead by making the traditional sacrifices. Honor your parents and your relatives. As for others, befriend whoever excels in virtue. Yield to kind words and helpful deeds, and do not hate your friend for a trifling fault as you are able. For ability is near to necessity.

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.

Abstain from animals.

A solitary man is a God, or a beast.

A thought is an idea in transit.

A good Soul hath neither too great joy, nor too great sorrow: for it rejoiceth in goodness; and it sorroweth in wickedness. By the means whereof, when it beholdeth all things, and seeth the good and bad so mingled together, it can neither rejoice greatly; nor be grieved with over much sorrow.

A fool is known by his Speech; and a wise man by Silence.

A citizen without a property doesn

A conversation should be conducted so that your conversational partners transform themselves from your enemies into your friends and not vice versa.

A blow from your friend is better than a kiss from your enemy.

Friendship is equality.

Think before you act.

Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.

It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, and the discord of families.

The soul of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason and passion. Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone... Reason is immortal, all else mortal.

If you have a wounded heart, touch it as little as you would an injured eye. There are only two remedies for the suffering of the soul: hope and patience.

It is better either to be silent or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

Choose the life that is best, and constant habit will make it pleasant. [Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.]

Do not pray for yourself; you do not know what will help you.

Friends have all things in common.[Friends share all things.]

Ability and necessity dwell near each other.

A wound from a tongue is worse than a wound from a sword; for the latter affects only the body, the former the spirit.

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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