L>The gold Verses that PythagorasSacred TextsClassicsIndexPreviousNextp. 1THE golden VERSES that PYTHAGORAS1. First worship the Immortal Gods, as they are established and also ordained by the Law.2. Reverence the Oath, and also next the Heroes, complete of goodness and light.3. Honour an in similar way the Terrestrial Dæmons by rendering them the prayer lawfully because of them.p. 24. Honour similarly thy parents, and those most virtually related to thee.5. Of all the rest of mankind, do him thy friend who distinguishes self by his virtue.6. Always give ear come his soft exhortations, and take instance from his virtuous and also useful actions.7. Stop as much as feasible hating thy friend for a slight fault.8. strength is a near neighbour come necessity.9. Recognize that every these things room as I have actually told thee; and accustom thyself come overcome and vanquish these passions:--10. First gluttony, sloth, sensuality, and also anger.11. Execute nothing evil, no in the presence of others, no one privately;12. But above all things respect thyself.13. In the next place, watch justice in your actions and in thy words.14. And also accustom no thyself come behave thyself in any thing without rule, and without reason.15. But constantly make this reflection, that it is ordained through destiny the all men shall die.p. 316. And also that the products of fortune room uncertain; and also that together they may be acquired, so might they an in similar way be lost.17. Concerning all the calamities that guys suffer by magnificent fortune,18. Support with patience your lot, be it what that may, and also never repine at it.19. However endeavour what she canst to remedy it.20. And also consider that fate does not send the greatest part of this misfortunes to great men.21. There are amongst men numerous sorts the reasonings, an excellent and bad;22. Admire them not also easily, nor refuse them.23. However if falsehoods it is in advanced, listen them v mildness, and also arm thyself v patience.24. Watch well, on every occasion, what i am going to tell thee:--25. Let no male either by his words, or by his deeds, ever before seduce thee.26. Nor tempt thee to say or to carry out what is not rewarding for thyself.27. Consult and deliberate before thou act, that thou mayest not commit foolish actions.p. 428. For it is the component of a miserable male to speak and to act without reflection.29. Yet do that which will certainly not plague thee afterwards, no one oblige thee come repentance.30. Never ever do something which thou dost not understand.31. Yet learn all thou ought"st to know, and by that method thou wilt lead a very pleasant life.32. In no wise disregard the health of her body;33. Yet give it drink and meat in early out measure, and likewise the practice of i m sorry it has need.34. Currently by measure I mean what will not incommode thee.35. Accustom thyself come a way of living the is neat and also decent there is no luxury.36. Protect against all things that will certainly occasion envy.37. And be not prodigal the end of season, like one that knows no what is decent and also honourable.38. No be covetous nor niggardly; a due measure is wonderful in these things.39. Do just the things that cannot hurt thee, and deliberate before thou dost them.p. 540. Never suffer sleep come close your eyelids, after thy going to bed,41. Till she hast examined by thy factor all your actions the the day.42. Wherein have actually I excellent amiss? What have actually I done? What have actually I skipping that ns ought to have actually done?43. If in this check thou uncover that thou hast done amiss, reference thyself severely for it;44. And also if you hast done any good, rejoice.45. Practise thoroughly all these things; meditate on them well; thou oughtest to love them with all her heart.46. "Tis they that will put thee in the way of magnificent virtue.47. Ns swear the by him who has actually transmitted into our souls the sacred Quaternion, the resource of nature, whose reason is eternal.48. Yet never begin to collection thy hand to any work, till thou hast an initial prayed the gods to accomplish what thou art going to begin.49. As soon as thou hast made this habit familiar to thee,50. She wilt understand the structure of the Immortal Gods and of men.p. 651. Also how far the various beings extend, and what contains and binds lock together.52. Thou shalt likewise know the according come Law, the nature the this cosmos is in all points alike,53. So that thou shalt no hope what you ought"st not to hope; and also nothing in this human being shall be hid from thee.54. You wilt similarly know, that men draw upon us their own misfortunes voluntarily, and of your own free choice.55. Unhappy the they are! they neither see nor understand that their good is near them.56. Few know just how to provide themselves the end of their misfortunes.57. Together is the fate the blinds mankind, and takes away his senses.58. Like huge cylinders they role to and fro, and constantly oppressed through ills innumerable.59. Because that fatal strife, innate, pursues them everywhere, tossing castle up and also down; nor do they perceive it.60. Rather of provoking and also stirring that up, castle ought, by yielding, to protect against it.p. 761. Oh! Jupiter, ours Father! if she would"st provide men from every the evils that oppress them,62. Show them of what dæmon they make use.63. Yet take courage; the race of male is divine.64. Spiritual nature reveals to them the most concealed mysteries.65. If she impart to thee her secrets, thou wilt quickly perform all the things which I have ordained thee.66. And also by the heal of her soul, she wilt provide it from every evils, from all afflictions.67. Yet abstain thou native the meats, i m sorry we have actually forbidden in the purifications and in the deliverance that the soul;68. Do a just difference of them, and examine all things well.69. Leave thyself always to be guided and also directed by the knowledge that comes from above, and also that candlestick to host the reins.70. And when, after having divested thyself of her mortal body, you arrivest at the most pure Æther,p.
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