Quotations by Pythagoras

Number rules the universe.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

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

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

Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent.

Number is the within of all things.

There is geometry in the humming of the strings.

Time is the soul of this world.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

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

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.

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