Pythagoras Quotes

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Pythagoras of Samos was a philosopher who is mostly known for his ground breaking discoveries in the fields of mathematics, astronomy and the development of the theory of music. He also wrote several books like Golden Verses, The Order and the Doctrine of Pythagoras as well as many other writings and publications.

Here are some famous Pythagoras quotes about math, numbers, life, God, education, animals, music, silence, love and friends.

Famous Pythagoras Quotes

Famous Pythagoras Quotes

1. Above all things, respect yourself. -Pythagoras

2. Power is the near neighbor of necessity. -Pythagoras

3. No man is free who cannot control himself. -Pythagoras

4. Salt is born of the purest parents: the sun and the sea. -Pythagoras

5. You should make great things, not promising great things. -Pythagoras

6. Declining from the public ways, walk in unfrequented paths. -Pythagoras

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

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

9. As soon as you awake, in order lay the actions to be done the coming day. -Pythagoras

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

11. You should help a man to take up a burden, but you should not help him put it back down. -Pythagoras

12. Practice justice in word and deed, and do not get in the habit of acting thoughtlessly about anything. -Pythagoras

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


14. Reason is immortal, all else mortal. -Pythagoras

15. Ability and necessity dwell near each other. -Pythagoras

16. Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance. -Pythagoras

17. Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body. -Pythagoras

18. Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. -Pythagoras

19. The oldest, shortest words— “yes” and “no”— are those which require the most thought. -Pythagoras

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

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

22. Allow not sleep to close your eyes before three times reflecting on your actions of the day. What deeds done well, what not, what left undone? -Pythagoras

23. 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. -Pythagoras

24. 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. -Pythagoras

25. Souls never die, but always on quitting one abode pass to another. All things change, nothing perishes. The soul passes hither and thither, occupying now this body, now that . . . As a wax is stamped with certain figures, then melted, then stamped anew with others, yet it is always the same wax. So, the Soul being always the same, yet wears at different times different forms. -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes About Math

Pythagoras Quotes About Math

26. Every triangle is a love triangle if you love triangles. -Pythagoras

27. Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent.


28. In a right-angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse side is equal to the sum of squares of the other two sides. -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes About Life

Pythagoras Quotes About Life

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

30. We ought not to quit our post without the permission of Him who commands; the post of man is life. -Pythagoras

31. When going to the temple to adore Divinity neither say nor do any thing in the interim pertaining to the common affairs of life. -Pythagoras

32. The experience of life in a finite, limited body is specifically for the purpose of discovering and manifesting supernatural existence. -Pythagoras

33. 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.


34. In this theater of man’s life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on. -Pythagoras

35. So in life, some enter the services of fame and others money, but the best choice is that of those few who spend their time in the contemplation of nature, and as lovers of wisdom. -Pythagoras

36. Some are slaves of ambition or money, but others are interested in understanding life itself. These give themselves the name of philosophers, and they value the contemplation and discovery of nature beyond all other pursuits. -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes About God

Pythagoras Quotes About God

37. Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God. -Pythagoras

38. He lived far from the gods, but in his mind he was at home with them. -Pythagoras

39. Every man has been made by God in order to acquire knowledge and contemplate. -Pythagoras

40. Bless us, divine number, who generated gods and men. Number contains the root and source of eternally flowing creation. -Pythagoras

41. Wealth is a weak anchor, and glory cannot support a man; this is the law of God, that virtue only is firm, and cannot be shaken by a tempest. -Pythagoras

41. There are men and gods, and beings like Pythagoras.


42. None but God is wise. -Pythagoras

43. It is required to find the infinitely big inside what’s infinitely small to feel the presence of God. -Pythagoras

44. Respect gods before demigods, heroes before men, and first among men your parents; but respect yourself most of all. -Pythagoras

45. 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. -Pythagoras

46. Meditate upon my counsels; love them; follow them; To the divine virtues will they know how to lead thee. I swear it by the One who in our hearts engraved The sacred Tetrad, symbol immense and pure, Source of Nature and model of the Gods. -Pythagoras

47. Should one in boldness say, Lo, I am God! Besides the One–Eternal–Infinite, Then let him from the throne he has usurped put forth his power and form another globe, Such as we dwell in, saying, This is mine. Nor only so, but in this new domain for ever let him dwell. if this he can, Then verily he is a god proclaimed. -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes About Numbers

Pythagoras Quotes About Numbers

48. All is Number. -Pythagoras

49. God built the universe on numbers. -Pythagoras

50. Number rules the universe.


51. Number was the substance of all things. -Pythagoras

52. Number is the ruler of forms and ideas, and the cause of gods and demons. -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes On Education

Pythagoras Quotes On Education

53. The beginning of every government starts with the education of our youth. -Pythagoras

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


55. 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. -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes About Animals

Pythagoras Quotes About Animals

56. Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul. -Pythagoras

57. 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.


Pythagoras Quotes About Music

Pythagoras Quotes About Music

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


Pythagoras Quotes On Silence

Pythagoras Quotes On Silence

59. Speak not nor act before thou hast reflected. -Pythagoras

60. Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few! -Pythagoras

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


62. Silence is better than unmeaning words. -Pythagoras

63. In anger we should refrain both from speech and action. -Pythagoras

64. Govern your tongue before all other things, following the gods. -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes On Love

Pythagoras Quotes On Love

65. Wind indeed increases fire, but custom love. -Pythagoras

66. 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.


67. Love that shines from within cannot be darkened by obstacles of the world of consequences! -Pythagoras

Pythagoras Quotes About Friends

Pythagoras Quotes About Friends

68. Friends share all things. -Pythagoras

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

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


71. Write in the sand the flaws of your friend. -Pythagoras

72. 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. -Pythagoras