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PYTHAGORAS
Greek mathematician and philosopher
(582 BC - 497 BC)

A stranger, if just, is not only to be preferred before a countryman, but a kinsman.
      - [Strangers]

A wound from a tongue is worse than a wound from the sword; the latter affects only the body--the former, the spirit, the soul.
      - [Tongue]

Above all things, reverence yourself.
      - [Self-respect]

Abstain from beans.
      - advice against political voting, which was done by means of beans
        [Politics]

Anger begins with folly, and ends in repentance.
      - [Anger]

Be silent, or say something better than silence.
      - [Silence]

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
      - [Brevity]

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

I was at Euphorbus at the siege of Troy.
      - [Evolution]

If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, then heat; if height, depth also; if solid, then fluid; hardness and softness, roughness and smoothness, calm and tempest, prosperity and adversity, life and death.
      - [Contrast]

In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.
      - [Industry]

It is better either 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.
      - [Silence]

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 seditious of the city, and the discords of families.
      - [War]

Let a man use great reverence and manners to himself.
      - [Self-respect]

Let exercise alternate with rest.
      - [Exercise]

Let not sleep fall upon thy eyes till thou hast 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? 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.
      - [Self-examination]

No man is free who cannot command himself.
      - [Self-control]

There are in woman's eyes two sorts of tears,--the one of grief, the other of deceit.
      - [Women]

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.
      - [Truth]

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.
      - [Truth]

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

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.
      - [Virtue]

Wisdom thoroughly learned will never be forgotten.
      - [Wisdom]

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be. Custom will render it easy and agreeable.
      - Ethical Sentences from Stoboeus [Custom]

In all thou dost first let thy Prayers ascend,
  And to the Gods thy Labours first commend,
    From them implore Success, and hope a prosperous End.
      - Golden Verses (l. 49) [Prayer]


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