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Quotations --- Pythagoras


 

Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.

 

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.

 

No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. No man is free who cannot command himself.

 

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.

 

There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.

 

Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few!

 

Let no one persuade you by word or deed to do or say whatever is not best for you.

 

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 discords of families.

 

“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.”

 

The oldest, shortest words— "yes" and "no"— are those which require the most thought.

 

No man is free who cannot control himself.

 

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.

 

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.

 

Declining from the public ways, walk in unfrequented paths.

 

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

 

A man is never as big as when he is on his knees to help a child.

 

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light.

 

Above all things, respect yourself.

 

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.

 

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.

 

Time is the soul of this world.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

You should make great things, not promising great things.

 

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.

 

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

 

 


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