Q – Pythagoras

Pythagoras circa 570 – 495BC was an Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician. He was the founder of the movement Pythagoreanism (the teachings and beliefs of Pythagoras and his followers).

He is believed to have influenced the works of Plato and Aristotle and therefore Western philosophy.

 

‘The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought’

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‘Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance’

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‘No man is free who cannot control himself’

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

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‘Numbers have a way of taking a man by the hand and leading him down the path of reason’

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‘Silence is better than unmeaning words’

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‘Reason is immortal, all else mortal’

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‘Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression’

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‘No man is free who cannot control himself’

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

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‘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’

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‘Educate the children and it won’t be necessary to punish the men’

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‘There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres’

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‘A thought is an idea in transit’

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‘The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil’

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‘Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body’

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‘Above all things, respect yourself’

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

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‘Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light’

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‘A fool is known by his speech, and a wise man by silence’

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‘No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself’

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‘The wind is blowing, adore the wind’

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‘In anger we should refrain both from speech and action’

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‘Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few’

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

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‘There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly’

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