Inspirational Maimonides Quotes

Maimonides was a medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher and astronomer. He became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. This post features some inspirational Maimonides Quotes.

Born in Cordova, Almoravid Empire (present-day Spain) on Passover Eve, 1135 or 1138, he died in Egypt on December 12, 1204, whence his body was taken to the lower Galilee and buried in Tiberias. He worked as a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Morocco and Egypt.

Maimonides Quotes
Maimonides Quotes

Maimonides Quotes

“There are eight rungs in charity. The highest is when you help a man to help himself.”
― Maimonides

“Silence is the maturation of wisdom.”
― 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 what we are.”
― Maimonides

“You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.”
― Maimonides

“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

“God who preceded all existence is a refuge.”
― Maimonides

“A truth does not become greater by repetition.”
― Maimonides

“Let nothing which can be treated by diet be treated by other means.”
― Maimonides

“There are eight levels of charity…. The highest is when you strengthen a man’s hand until he need no longer be dependent upon others.”
― Maimonides

“The knowledge of God, the formation of ideas, the mastery of desire and passion, the distinction between that which is to be chosen and that which is to be rejected, all these man owes to his form.”
― Maimonides

“Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.”
― Maimonides

“He who immerses himself in sexual intercourse will be assailed by premature aging, his strength will wane, his eyes will weaken, and a bad odor will emit from his mouth and his armpits, his teeth will fall out and many other maladies will afflict him.”
― Maimonides

“Man’s obsession to add to his wealth and honor is the chief source of his misery.”
― Maimonides

“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.”
― Maimonides

“I will destroy my enemies by converting them to friends.”
― Maimonides

“It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sake and not for the sake of anything else.”
― Maimonides

“Contrast the experience with something worse and you cannot help feeling happy and grateful because… The change from trouble to comfort gives us more pleasure than uninterrupted comfort does.”
Maimonides

“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

“No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.”
― Maimonides

“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 animals just as in humans.”
― Maimonides

“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.”
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“There is no difference between the pain of humans and the pain of other living beings, since the love and tenderness of the mother for the young are not produced by reasoning, but by feeling, and this faculty exists not only in humans but in most living beings.”
― Maimonides

“What is lofty can be said in any language. What is mean should be said in none.”
― Maimonides

“This must be our belief when we have a correct knowledge of our own self, and comprehend the true nature of everything; we must be content, and not trouble our mind with seeking a certain final cause for things that have none, or have no other final cause but their own existence, which depends on the Will of God, or, if you prefer, on the Divine Wisdom.”
― Maimonides

“The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it.”
― Maimonides

“Teach thy tongue to say ‘I do not know,’ and thou shalt progress.”
― Maimonides

“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

“Nobody is ever impoverished through the giving of charity.”
― Maimonides

“The goal of good health is to enable a person to acquire wisdom.”
― Maimonides

“The soul, when accustomed to superfluous things, acquires a strong habit of desiring things which are neither necessary for the preservation of the individual nor for that of the species. This desire is without limit, whilst those which are necessary are few in number and restricted within certain limits; but what is superfluous is without end.”
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“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 the truth removes hatred and quarrels, and prevents mutual injuries.”
― Maimonides

“All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance. All hatred would come to an end when the earth was flooded with the knowledge of God.”
― Maimonides

“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

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.”
― Maimonides

“When I have a difficult subject before me – when I find the road narrow, and can see no other way of teaching a well established truth except by pleasing one intelligent man and displeasing ten thousand fools – I prefer to address myself to the one man, and to take no notice whatever of the condemnation of the multitude; I prefer to extricate that intelligent man from his embarrassment and show him the cause of his perplexity, so that he may attain perfection and be at peace.”
― Maimonides

“The second class of evils comprises such evils as people cause to each other, when, e.g. , some of them use their strength against others. These evils are more numerous than those of the first kind… they likewise originate in ourselves, though the sufferer himself cannot avert them.”
― Maimonides

“One should see the world, and see himself as a scale with an equal balance of good and evil. When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good – he and the world is saved. When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad – he and the world is destroyed.”
― Maimonides

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