Quote of the Day: Brevity

“Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.”


Pythagoras was an ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician who lived from around 570 BCE to 495 BCE. He was born on the island of Samos but later founded a school in the city of Croton in southern Italy.

Pythagoras is most famous for his theorem, which states that in a right-angled triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse (the longest side) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. This theorem has been used extensively in mathematics, engineering, and science.

In addition to mathematics, Pythagoras also had a profound influence on philosophy, particularly in the area of metaphysics. He believed that the universe was governed by mathematical principles and that everything in the universe could be described in terms of numbers and mathematical relationships. He also believed in the transmigration of souls, or reincarnation, and his followers believed in a strict code of conduct that included vegetarianism and abstention from certain types of music.

Pythagoras and his followers made important contributions to many fields, including music, astronomy, and medicine. Although many of his teachings have been lost over time, Pythagoras remains an important figure in the history of mathematics and philosophy.

The quote “Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few” means that it is better to express oneself clearly and concisely rather than using many words to say something that could be said more effectively with fewer words. In other words, it is better to be brief and to the point than to be long-winded and use unnecessary words.

This quote emphasizes the importance of being able to communicate ideas effectively and efficiently and is often attributed to the philosopher and statesman, Pythagoras. It is a reminder that when we communicate with others, we should strive to be clear, concise, and impactful and that our words should carry weight and meaning.

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