Pythagoras was the founder of Pythagoreanism and an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher.

His political and theological ideas were well-known in Magna Graecia, and they inspired Plato’s and Aristotle’s views, as well as Western philosophy.

We have selected some of the best quotes from Pythagoras for you.


Best Pythagoras Quotes

1. “Number rules the universe.” ~ (Pythagoras).

2. “Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb.” ~ (Pythagoras).

3. “The highest goal of music is to connect one’s soul to their Divine Nature, not entertainment.” ~ (Pythagoras).

4. “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).

5. “Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.” ~ (Pythagoras).

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6. “God built the universe on numbers.” ~ (Pythagoras).

7. “In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.” ~ (Pythagoras).

8. “Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.” ~ (Pythagoras).

9. “No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. No man is free who cannot command himself.” ~ (Pythagoras).

10. “Silence is better than unmeaning words.” ~ (Pythagoras).

11. “Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform.” ~ (Pythagoras).

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12. “Number is the ruler of forms and ideas, and the cause of gods and demons.” ~ (Pythagoras).

13. “The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.”~ (Pythagoras).

14. “Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.” ~ (Pythagoras).

15. “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).

16. “A stone is frozen music.” ~ (Pythagoras).

17. “There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” ~ (Pythagoras).

18. “No man is free who cannot control himself.” ~ (Pythagoras).

19. “Let exercise alternate with rest.” ~ (Pythagoras).

20. “It is better to be silent, than to dispute with the Ignorant.” ~ (Pythagoras).

21. “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).

22. “If you’re asked: What is the silence? Respond: It is the first stone of the Wisdom’s temple.” ~ (Pythagoras).

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23. “The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control.” ~ (Pythagoras).

24. “Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.” ~ (Pythagoras).

25. “Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.” ~ (Pythagoras).

26. “The beginning of every government starts with the education of our youth.” ~ (Pythagoras).

27. “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).

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28. “Reason is immortal, all else mortal.” ~ (Pythagoras).

29. “But respect yourself most of all.” ~ (Pythagoras).

30. “Number is the within of all things.” ~ (Pythagoras).

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31. “None but God is wise.” ~ (Pythagoras).

32. “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 its own function and character, contributes to the whole.” ~ (Pythagoras).

33. “Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent.” ~ (Pythagoras).

34. “Friendship is one soul in two bodies.” ~ (Pythagoras).

35. “The stars in the heavens sing a music, if only we had ears to hear.” ~ (Pythagoras).

36. “Don’t try to cover your mistakes with false words. Rather, correct your mistakes with examination.” ~ (Pythagoras).

37. “A thought is an idea in transit.” ~ (Pythagoras).

38. “There is no word or action but has its echo in Eternity.” ~ (Pythagoras).

39. “There is a good principle which created order, light, and man, and an evil principle which created chaos, darkness, and woman.” ~ (Pythagoras).

40. “Music is the harmonization of opposites; the conciliation of warring elements.” ~ (Pythagoras).

41. “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).

42. “Astonishing! Everything is intelligent!” ~ (Pythagoras).

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43. “Wisdom, thoroughly learned, will never be forgotten.” ~ (Pythagoras).

44. “As soon as you awake, in order Lay the actions to be done the coming day.” ~ (Pythagoras).

Inspiring Pythagoras Quotes

45. “Salt is born of the purest parents: the sun and the sea.” ~ (Pythagoras).

46. “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).

47. “Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.” ~ (Pythagoras).

48. “Lust weakens both body and mind.” ~ (Pythagoras).

49. “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).

50. “Speak not nor act before thou hast reflected.” ~ (Pythagoras).


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