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"Pythagoras of Samos" was an Ionians/Ionian Ancient Greeks/Greek Greek philosophy/philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. Most of the information about Pythagoras was written down centuries after he lived, so very little reliable information is known about him. He was born on the island of Samos, and might have travelled widely in his youth, visiting Egypt and other places seeking knowledge. Around 530 BC, he moved to Crotone/Croton, in Magna Graecia, and there set up a religious sect. His followers pursued the religious rites and practices developed by Pythagoras and studied his philosophical theories. The society took an active role in the politics of Croton but this eventually led to their downfall. Pythagorean meeting-places were burned and Pythagoras was forced to flee the city. He is said to have died in Metapontum.

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Above all things, reverence yourself.

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

Reason is immortal, all else mortal.

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

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.

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.

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

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

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

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

Silence is better than unmeaning words.

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.

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

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

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.

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

A thought is an idea in transit.