152+ Best Pythagoras Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Pythagoras of Samos was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of Pythagoreanism. Profoundly inspirational Pythagoras quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Pythagoras Quotes

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

A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. – Pythagoras

Without Justice, no realm may prosper. – Pythagoras

Hate and fear breed a poison in the blood, which if continued, affects eyes, ears, nose and the organs of digestion. Therefore, it is not wise to hear and remember the unkind things others might say about you. – Pythagoras

Friends share all things. – Pythagoras

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. – Pythagoras

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

Silence is better than unmeaning words. – Pythagoras

If men with fleshly mortals must be fed, and chew with bleeding teeth the breathing bread; what else is this but to devour our guests, and barbarously renew Cyclopean feasts? While Earth not only can your needs supply, but, lavish of her store, provides for luxury; a guiltless feast administers with ease, and without blood is prodigal to please. – Pythagoras

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

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

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

Music is the harmonization of opposites; the conciliation of warring elements – Pythagoras

Don’t eat your heart. – Pythagoras

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

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

Before all, be real. Only the truth gives to the word the Orpheus’ Lyre power. – Pythagoras

Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few. – Pythagoras

Astonishing! Everything is intelligent! – Pythagoras

Assist a man in raising a burden; but do not assist him in laying it down. – Pythagoras

Neither will the horse be adjudged to be generous, that is sumptuously adorned, but the horse whose nature is illustrious; nor is the man worthy who possesses great wealth, but he whose soul is generous. – Pythagoras

Time is the soul of this world. – Pythagoras

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

Friendship is one soul in two bodies. – Pythagoras

Step not beyond the beam of the balance. – Pythagoras

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

Don’t disarrange my circles! – Pythagoras

No man is free who cannot control himself. – Pythagoras

Oh, my fellow men, do not defile your bodies with sinful foods. We have corn, we have apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines. There are sweet-flavored herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey. The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter; only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass. – Pythagoras

None can be free who is a slave to, and ruled by, his passions. – Pythagoras

Instruct thyself for time and patience favor all. – Pythagoras

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

Practice restraint over the following: appetite, first, as well as sleep, lust, and anger. – Pythagoras

Evolution is the Law of Life Number is the Law of the Universe Unity is the Law of God – Pythagoras

I would have to say the probability of us dying seems extremely high. – Pythagoras

Numbers have a way of taking a man by the hand and leading him down the path of reason. – Pythagoras

So tutor youth that the sins of age be not imputed to thee. – Pythagoras

Ability and necessity dwell near each other. – Pythagoras

Better be mute, than dispute with the Ignorant. – Pythagoras

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few. – Pythagoras

Wind indeed increases fire, but custom love. – Pythagoras

If you’re asked: What is the silence? Respond: It is the first stone of the Wisdom’s temple. – Pythagoras

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

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good. – Pythagoras

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

Thought is an Idea in transit, which when once released, never can be lured back, nor the spoken word recalled. – Pythagoras

Government exists only for the good of the governed. – Pythagoras

Do not go to bed until you have gone over the day three times in your mind. What wrong did I do? What good did I accomplish? What did I forget to do? – Pythagoras

He who knoweth not what he ought to know, is a brute beast among men; he that knoweth no more than he hath need of, is a man among brute beasts; and he that knoweth all that may be known, is as a God among men. – Pythagoras

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

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

The stars in the heavens sing a music, if only we had ears to hear – Pythagoras

None but God is wise. – Pythagoras

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

He buries gold who hides the truth. – Pythagoras

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

There is no word or action but has its echo in Eternity. – Pythagoras

Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform. – Pythagoras

Let a man use great reverence and manners to himself. – Pythagoras

Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb. – Pythagoras

The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control. – Pythagoras

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

He is not rich, that enjoyeth not his own goods. – Pythagoras

Repect yourself… The rest will follow. – Pythagoras

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

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

Reason is immortal, all else mortal. – Pythagoras

Let not sleep fall upon thy eyes till thou has thrice reviewed the transactions of the past day. Where have I turned aside from rectitude? What have I been doing? What have I left undone, which I ought to have done? – Pythagoras

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. – Pythagoras

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance. – Pythagoras

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. – Pythagoras

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

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

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

Despise all those things which when liberated from the body you will not want; invoke the Gods to become your helpers. – Pythagoras

The octave formed a circle and gave our noble earth its form. – Pythagoras

Speak not nor act before thou hast reflected. – Pythagoras

It is requisite to defend those who are unjustly accused of having acted injuriously, but to praise those who excel in a certain good. – Pythagoras

Wisdom, thoroughly learned, will never be forgotten. – Pythagoras

Know thyself and thou wilt know the universe. – Pythagoras

Know that death comes to everyone, and that wealth will sometimes be acquired, sometimes lost. Whatever griefs mortals suffer by divine chance, whatever destiny you have, endure it and do not complain. But it is right to improve it as much as you can, and remember this: Fate does not give very many of these griefs to good people. – Pythagoras

The earth affords a lavish supply of richess of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter; only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass. – Pythagoras

Golden Verses So-called because they are good as gold. They are by some attributed to Epicarmos, and by others to Empedocles, but always go under the name of Pythagoras, and seem quite in accordance with the excellent precepts of that philosopher. They are as follows: Ne’er suffer sleep thine eyes to close Before thy mind hath run o’er every act, and thought, and word, From dawn to set of sun; For wrong take shame, but grateful feel If just thy course hath been; Such effort day by day renewed Will ward thy soul from sin. E. C. B. – Pythagoras

A stone is frozen music – Pythagoras

Do not spend in excess like one who is careless of what is good, nor be miserly; the mean is best in every case. – Pythagoras

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

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

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

Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having it’s own function and character, contributes to the whole. – Pythagoras

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. – Pythagoras

You will know that wretched men are the cause of their own suffering, who neither see nor hear the good that is near them, and few are the ones who know how to secure release from their troubles. – Pythagoras

Many words befall men, mean and noble alike; do not be astonished by them, nor allow yourself to be constrained. – Pythagoras

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

Let exercise alternate with rest. – Pythagoras

Disbelieve nothing wonderful concerning the gods, nor concerning divine dogmas. – Pythagoras

The wind is blowing. Adore the wind. – Pythagoras

Power is the near neighbour of necessity. – Pythagoras

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

God built the universe on numbers. – Pythagoras

Lust weakens both body and mind. – Pythagoras

Number rules the universe. – Pythagoras

Above all have respect for yourself. – Pythagoras

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

There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres. – Pythagoras

Those alone are dear to Divinity who are hostile to injustice. – Pythagoras

Write in the sand the flaws of your friend. – Pythagoras

To cognize the Divine Essence – this is the highest purpose of soul, sent by the Creator to the Earth! – Pythagoras

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

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself. – Pythagoras

Do not despise anyone: an atom shadowing. – Pythagoras

But respect yourself most of all. – Pythagoras

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

Having departed from your house, turn not back; for the furies will be your attendants. – Pythagoras

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. – Pythagoras

The highest goal of music is to connect one’s soul to their Divine Nature, not entertainment – Pythagoras

Remind yourself that all men assert that wisdom is the greatest good, but that there are few who strenuously seek out that greatest good. – Pythagoras

You should make great things, not promising great things. – Pythagoras

As the sea-crab swimmeth always against the stream, so doth wit always against wisdom. – Pythagoras

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. – Pythagoras

A thought is an idea in transit. – Pythagoras

Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion. – Pythagoras

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

There is a good principle which created order, light, and man, and an evil principle which created chaos, darkness, and woman. – Pythagoras

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

Number is the within of all things. – Pythagoras

As soon as you awake, in order Lay the actions to be done the coming day. – Pythagoras

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

Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another! – Pythagoras

Truth is to be sought with a mind purified from the passions of the body. Having overcome evil things, thou shalt experience the union of the union mortal divinity with the mortal man. – Pythagoras

There are in woman’s eyes two sorts of tears,–the one of grief, the other of deceit. – Pythagoras

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

Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent. – Pythagoras

Dear youths, I warn you cherish peace divine, And in your hearts lay deep these words of mine. – Pythagoras

Envy has been, is, and shall be, the destruction of many. What is there, that Envy hath not defamed, or Malice left undefiled? Truly, no good thing. – Pythagoras

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

A stranger, if just, is not only to be preferred before a countryman, but a kinsman. – Pythagoras

We come from God. As the tree from the root and the stream from the spring; that’s why we should always be in contact with Him, as the trunk from the root. Because the stream dries up when it is separated from the spring and the tree dies when is uprooted. – Pythagoras

Don’t try to cover your mistakes with false words. Rather, correct your mistakes with examination. – Pythagoras

Do not even think of doing what ought not to be done. – Pythagoras

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

Thou shalt likewise know that according to Law, the nature of this universe is in all things a like. – Pythagoras

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

The animals share with us the privilege of having a soul Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another! In the midst of such wealth as earth, the best of mothers, provides, yet nothing satisfies you, but to behave like the Cyclopes, inflicting sorry wounds with cruel teeth! You cannot appease the hungry cravings of your wicked, gluttonous stomachs except by destroying some other life. – Pythagoras

Consider before acting, to avoid foolishness: It is the worthless man who speaks and acts thoughtlessly. – Pythagoras

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

One must choose in all things a mean just and good. – Pythagoras

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

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

Abstain from animals. – Pythagoras

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

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

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

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