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50 Best Maimonides Quotes From The Famous Philosopher, Physician, And Astronomer

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Moses Ben Maimon was born in 1138 in the Almoravid Empire (presently known as Spain).

Moses Maimonides is one of the most well-known Jewish philosophers from the medieval period. People also fondly refer to him as 'Rambam'.

To date, Maimonides quotes are famous worldwide. He had a major impact on the Jewish population in the medieval period. He also had great knowledge about the functioning of law and order, giving him an upper hand in that capacity. He was undoubtedly a great author, speaker, and philosopher.

We hope you learn something from these Mose Maimonides quotes. Health, charity, and law are all topics covered in these Maimonides quotes.

Here you can read some of the best Maimonides quotes. If you like these Maimonides quotes you might also like to read these Blaise Pascal quotes and Kant quotes.
 

The Best Maimonides Quotes

Ready to discover the best Maimonides quotes? Enjoy these famous sayings by the famed philosopher Maimonides.

1. "The person who wishes to attain human perfection should study logic first, next mathematics, then physics, and, lastly, metaphysics."

- Maimonides.

2. "Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact, the truth from whatever source it comes."

- Maimonides.

3. "It is better to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death."

- Maimonides.

4. "For what should a living man mourn? Let every man mourn because of his sins."

- Maimonides.

5. "There is no difference between the worry of a human mother and an animal mother for their offspring. A mother's love does not derive from the intellect but from the emotions, in animal just as inhuman."

- Maimonides.

6. "If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers, he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend even that which had been within the power of his apprehension. For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect."

- Maimonides.

7. "The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision."

- Maimonides.

8. "One must 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."

- Maimonides.

9. "Your purpose should always be to know that was intended to be known."

- Maimonides.

10. "Every human being should regard himself as if he were exactly balanced between innocence and guilt."

- Maimonides.

11. "One must answer a fool according to his folly."

- Maimonides.

12. "The narrative of Adam’s fall is, according to Maimonides, an allegory representing the relation which exists between sensation, moral faculty, and intellect."

- Maimonides.

13. "If God were corporeal, He would consist of atoms, and would not be one."

- Maimonides.

14. "One must accept the truth from whatever source it proceeds."

- Maimonides.

15. “The laws remain undisturbed. Apparent exceptions, the miracles, originate in these laws, although man is unable to perceive the causal relation."

- Maimonides.

Maimonides Philosophy Quotes

Here are some of the eminent philosophy quotes by Maimonides. Which of these Maimonides quotes interests you most?

16. "All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions, or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance."

- Maimonides.

17. "Inspire me with love for my art and for thy creatures. In the sufferer let me see only the human being."

- Maimonides.

18. "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, none drags us along one path or the other. We are responsible for what we are."

- Maimonides.

19. "Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know', and thou shalt progress."

- Maimonides.

20. "When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good."

- Maimonides.

21. "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."

- Maimonides.

22. "A corporeal God would be finite, and an external power would be required to define those limits."

- Maimonides.

23. "To the totality of purposes of the perfect law there belong the abandonment, depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible."

- Maimonides.

24. "If men possessed wisdom, which stands in the same relation to the form of man as the sight to the eye, they would not cause any injury to themselves or to others; for the knowledge of truth removes hatred and quarrels, and prevents mutual injuries."

- Maimonides.

25. "He, however, who begins with Metaphysics, will not only become confused in matters of religion but will fall into complete infidelity."

- Maimonides.

26. "I will destroy my enemies by converting them to friends."

- Maimonides.

27. "Consequently he who wishes to attain perfection, must therefore first study Logic, next to the various branches of Mathematics in their proper order, then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics."

- Maimonides.

28. "The definition of a thing includes its efficient cause; and since God is the Primal Cause, He cannot be defined, or described by a partial definition."

- Maimonides.

Quotes About The Teachings Of Maimonides

These Maimonides quotes cover his famous teachings.

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29. "The basic principle is that there is a First Being who brought every existing thing into being, for if it is supposed that he did not exist, then nothing else could possibly exist."

- Maimonides.

30. "It is necessary to bear in mind that Scripture only teaches the chief points of those true principles which lead to the true perfection of man and only demands in general terms faith in them."

- Maimonides.

31. "A sensible person should not demand of me, or hope that when we mention a subject, we shall make a complete exposition of it."

- Maimonides.

32. "The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.”

― Maimonides, 'The Guide For The Perplexed'

33. "Man's shortcomings and sins are all due to substance of the body and not to its form, while all his merits are exclusively due to his form."

- Maimonides.

34. “God has no attributes.”

- Maimonides.

35. "The true work of God is all good since it is existence."

- Maimonides.

36. "The whole object of the Prophets and the Sages was to declare that a limit is set to humanly reason where it must halt."

- Maimonides.

37. "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."

- Maimonides.

38. "Silence is the maturation of wisdom."

- Maimonides.

39. "If the whole earth is infinitely small in comparison with the sphere of the stars, what is man compared with all these created beings!"

- Maimonides.

Maimonides Quotations On Charity

If you are enjoying these Maimonides quotes, charity quotes by Maimonides are the next great step. He believed in doing charity and kept emphasizing the purpose of indulging in charity.

Maimonides urged people to give back to society and to the needy.

40. "When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad - he and the world are destroyed."

- Maimonides.

41. "We are obligated to be more scrupulous in fulfilling the commandment of charity than any other positive commandment because charity is the sign of a righteous man."

- Maimonides.

42. "Nobody is ever impoverished through the giving of charity."

- Maimonides.

43. "Anticipate charity by preventing poverty."

- Maimonides.

44. "There are eight rungs in charity. The highest is when you help a man to help himself."

- Maimonides.

Food Quotes Maimonides That Is Known For

Maimonides is popular worldwide owing to these Maimonides quotes.

45. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

- Maimonides.

46. "No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means."

- Maimonides.

Maimonides Medicine Quotes

Read these medicine quotes and Maimonides quotes on health to broaden your insight into the field of medicine.

47. "The physician must not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it."

- Maimonides.

48. "Any urine that turns black is so extremely malignant that I do not know anyone who has micturated black urine and survived."

- Maimonides.

Maimonides Rabbi Quotes

A handful of Rabbi sayings by Maimonides.

49. "And so our rabbis decreed that a man should honor his wife more than himself, and love her as much as he loves himself."

- Maimonides.

50. "When the Rabbis stated that obedience or disobedience to the commandments depends not on the will of Hashem but on man’s free will, they echoed Jeremiah, who said, 'Out of the mouth of the Most High there comes neither the bad nor the good.'"

- Maimonides.

At Kidadl, we have created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone! If you liked these Moses Maimonides quotes from the famous philosopher, physician, and astronomer, why not look at these ancient quotes or Livy quotes too?

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