The greatest wealth is to live content with little. -Plato
May Hermes, the God of Eloquence, stand by my side to aid me, and the Muses also and Apollo, the Leader of the Muses..., and may They grant that I utter only what the Gods approve that people should say and believe about Them.
"Bless us, divine number, thou who generated gods and men! O holy, holy Tetractys, thou that containest the root and source of the eternally flowing creation! For the divine number begins with the profound, pure unity until it comes to the holy four; then it begets the mother of all, the all-comprising, all-bounding, the first-born, the never-swerving, the never-tiring holy ten, the keyholder of all"
The Pythagoreans appear to be the first to have stated that mathematics was an activity that could be divorced from the practical world. Mathematics undoubtedly arose from practical needs such as commerce and the construction of buildings. It was the Pythagoreans who saw that there was an abstract entity behind the socially useful instrument. This was one of the critical turns, if not the critical turn, in the history of mathematics, and it had a deep influence on later Greek thinkers, Plato and Euclid in particular. It is here that we see the beginning of what is today called basic science, the study of nature, and knowledge, for its own sake. Plato, a firm Pythagorean, specifically stated that arithmetic should be studied for its intrinsic value, not for the purposes of commerce. (BL Silver, 1998, pp. 172—173.)
“Pythagoras would chastise neither slave nor freeman in anger. He called admonition a ‘re‑tuning.’ ” — Diogenes Laertius
"All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. Reserve your right to think, for even to think and be wrong is better than not to think at all."-Theon (Father of Hypatia)