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I have learned that there are many quotes attributed to Pythagoras. I am concerned with what the sources are and how reliable they are. I'll appreciate help.

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    A good introduction to Pythagoras is plato.stanford.edu/entries/pythagoras It makes clear that we do not have any writings from Pythagoras himself: "Pythagoras wrote nothing, nor were there any detailed accounts of his thought written by contemporaries. "
    – Jo Wehler
    Feb 9 at 5:55
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    See this post Feb 9 at 6:34
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    The earliest reputable source is Aristotle, and even he is not very reliable in this case, see Zhmud, "All Is Number"? "Basic Doctrine" of Pythagoreanism Reconsidered. Most of the rest is taken from neo-Pythagoreans who lived at least five centuries later, and the most popular "source", The Life of Pythagoras by Iamblichus, is from seven centuries later. If you see a "quote by Pythagoras" you can safely assume that it is made up.
    – Conifold
    Feb 9 at 7:26

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