inspiring quotes by Maimonides

The top 10 most inspiring quotes by Maimonides

  • We each decide whether to make ourselves learned or ignorant, compassionate or cruel, generous or miserly. No one forces us. No one decides for us; no one drags us along one path or the other. We are responsible for who we are.
  • Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.
  • Teach thy tongue to say, ‘I do not know,’ and thou shalt progress.
  • I will destroy my enemies by converting them into friends.
  • Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.
  • Every man should view himself as equally balanced: half good and half evil. Likewise, he should see the entire world as half good and half evil. With a single good deed, he will tip the scales for himself, and for the entire world to the side of good.
  • There are eight levels of charity. The highest is when you strengthen a man’s hand until he is no longer dependent on others.
  • Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
  • A man’s obsession to add to his wealth and honor is the chief source of his misery.
  • Let nothing that can be treated by diet be treated by other means.

Moses Maimonides, also known as Rambam, was a preeminent Jewish philosopher, theologian, and physician born in Cordoba, Spain, in 1135. His family fled persecution by Almohads, settling in Egypt where Maimonides flourished. He became a leading figure in both Jewish scholarship and the wider intellectual world of the Islamic Golden Age.

Maimonides is renowned for his philosophical magnum opus, the “Guide for the Perplexed,” where he harmonized Aristotelian philosophy with Jewish theology. He also penned the “Mishneh Torah,” a comprehensive code of Jewish law that remains influential to this day.

In addition to his philosophical and theological pursuits, Maimonides was a skilled physician, serving as the personal physician to Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt. His medical expertise and writings greatly influenced the development of medical science in both the Islamic and Christian worlds.

Maimonides’ legacy extends beyond his own lifetime; his works continue to shape Jewish thought, philosophy, and law. He exemplified the ideal of the “Renaissance man,” blending intellect, faith, and practical wisdom in his contributions to both religious and secular knowledge. Maimonides passed away in 1204, leaving behind a rich intellectual legacy that continues to inspire scholars and thinkers across cultures and generations.

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