ANCIENT WISDOM QUOTES FROM THE GREAT PYTHAGORAS:
- Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
- There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Silence is better than unmeaning words.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.
It is better wither 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.
The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.
No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself.
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 the joy of love.”
- “In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.”
- “A man is never as big as when he is on his knees to help a child.”
Pythagoras of Samos : Pythagóras ho Sámios, ‘Pythagoras the Samian‘, (570 – c. 495 BC) was an Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of the Pythagoreanism movement. His political and religious teachings were well-known in Magna Graecia and influenced the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, and, through them, Western Philosophy.
The teaching most securely identified with Pythagoras is metempsychosis, or the “transmigration of souls”, which holds that every soul is inmortal and, upon death, it transforms into a new body. He may have also devised the doctrine of musica universalis, which holds that the planets move according to mathematical equations and thus resonate to produce an inaudible symphony of music. Scholars debate whether Pythagoras himself developed the numerological and musical teachings attributed to him, or if those teachings were developed by his later followers, particularly Philolaus of Croton. Pythagoras was also said to be a vegetarian.
In antiquity, Pythagoras was credited with many mathematical and scientific discoveries, including the Pythagorean theorem, Pythagorean tuning, the five regular solids, the Theory of Proportions, the sphericity of the Earth, and the identity of the morning and evening stars as the planet Venus. It was said that he was the first man to call himself a philosopher (“lover of wisdom”) and that he was the first to divide the globe into five climatic zones.
Pythagoras continued to be regarded as a great philosopher throughout the Middle Ages and his philosophy had a major impact on scientists such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, and Isaac Newton. His teachings as portrayed in Ovid‘s Metamorphoses influenced the growth of the vegetarian movement.