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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
        [The celebrated philosopher; born in Samos, about 600 B.C.; visited foreign countries, and settled in Crotona, Italy, where he founded his brotherhood, which soon became the controlling power in the state; according to some accounts, he perished during an attack upon one of his meetings, or else died at Metapontum after his sect had been expelled from Crotona.]
Nil admirari.
          The caution against undue enthusiasm, which is contained in the “Epistles” of Horace, I. 6, 1, and is attributed by Plutarch to Pythagoras; called by Dr. Arnold “the Devil’s favorite text.”
As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.
          “When men are pure,” says Disraeli, “laws are useless: when men are corrupt, laws are broken.”—Contarini Fleming.
Friendship—one soul in two bodies.
          “True friendship between man and man,” says Plato, “is infinite and immortal.”
Poke not the fire with a sword.  5

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