Famous Pythagoras Quote

“No one is free who is not master of himself.”

~ Pythagoras

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Anonymous    9/13/07


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jenn    8/10/08

Anonymous seems to have missed the meaning.

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Anonymous    3/10/10

It's true, to the point, but not terribly good.

Mike, Norwalk

I think its a statement of degrees. And, I don't agree with the de facto split perception of self (owner of self / master of self, etc.). I believe I am that I am. The greater the being's inherent emanations harmonize with natural law, the greater quantitative and qualitative freedom's realization. I act, work, manifest, because I am. I also think it would be more accurate if it said: No one is 'absolutely' free who is not master of himself. Other than that, I think the overall concept is spot on point.

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Anon    3/10/10

No 'one' is absolutely free because other 'ones' must be considered. Ignoring the rights of others puts one at odds with nature's laws and the consequences of disobeying these laws, or obeying them, are unescapable. No one is his own master because he is, whether he likes it or not, subject to these laws of nature and the consequences of obeying them or not.

J Carlton, Calgary

If I am master of myself, I am free to achieve and I am free to do so in any way my talents allow. Always though, within the guidelines of natural law and with respect for the rights of others to do the same. Or I can just use one word expletives to express myself like depressing old anonymous above. What's the matter? Welfare check late?

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RBESRQ    3/10/10

Now that is the road to freedom the rest, as the first Anonymous so eloquently expressed, is bullshit. Mike, just that I am is enough... Mike the Ionian's were very short in their descriptive rhetoric as is in their architecture - I am, therefore I exist. And it was Decartes who said "I thing, therefore I am. So, Mike you were spot on.

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    RBESRQ    3/10/10

    Oops! I meant Descartes

    Ronw13, Oregon

    This sentiment echos throughout time, as do many of Pythagoras's philosophical, musical and numerical understandings. Still in practice today.
    There is a high probability that Pythagoras was taught by Zoroaster and the Hebrews, seeing Pythagoras, was called to become " a steward " Oikonomos manager, overseer of the household ( usually slaves or freedmen ) of the mysteries. 

    Konstantine, Melbourne

    Master of his passions ie ANGER PRIDE LUST ENVY from a Buddhist perspective


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