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
The most irresistibly Maimonides quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it
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.
Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know,' and thou shalt progress.
The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.
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.
Let nothing which can be treated by diet be treated by other means.
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 sakes and not for the sake of anything else.
God who preceded all existence is a refuge.
The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.
At times the truth shines so brilliantly that we perceive it as clear as day.
Our nature and habit then draw a veil over our perception, and we return to a darkness almost as dense as before. We are like those who, though beholding frequent flashes of lightning, still find themselves in the thickest darkness of the night.
What is lofty can be said in any language. What is mean should be said in none.
Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.
It is man's duty to love and to fear God, even without hope of reward or fear of punishment.
It is well known among physicians that the best of the nourishing foods is the one that the Moslem religion forbids, i.e., Wine. It contains much good and light nourishment. It is rapidly digested and helps to digest other foods.
In finances, be strict with yourself, generous with others.
You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
He who immerses himself in sexual intercourse will be assailed by premature aging, his strength will wane, his eyes will weaken, and a bad odour will emit from his mouth and his armpits, his teeth will fall out and many other maladies will afflict him.
A small amount of wine such as three or four glasses is of benefit for the preservation of the health of human beings and an excellent remedy for most illnesses.
Every ignoramus imagines that all that exists, exists with a view to his individual sake; it is as if there were nothing that exists except him. And if something happens to him that is contrary to what he wishes, he makes the trenchant judgement that all that exists is an evil.
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.
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.
The goal of good health is to enable a person to acquire wisdom.
It is hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him. In my opinion this is the strongest of the reasons for circumcision.
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.
That which is produced with intention has passed over from non-existence to existence.
Teach thy tongue to say I do not know and thou shalt progress.
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.
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.
In the beginning we must simplify the subject, thus unavoidably falsifying it, and later we must sophisticate away the falsely simple beginning.
It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.
Those who believe that... detailed rules originate in a certain cause, are as far from the truth as those who assume that the whole law is useless.
Work before eating, rest after eating.
Eat not ravenously, filling the mouth gulp after gulp without breathing space.
There are four different theories concerning Divine Providence;
they are all ancient, known from the time of the Prophets, when the true law was revealed to enlighten these dark regions.
Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
Medical practice is not knitting and weaving and the labor of the hands, but it must be inspired with soul and be filled with understanding and equipped with the gift of keen observation . . .
Another fundamental principle taught by the Law of Moses is this: Wrong cannot be ascribed to God in any way whatever; all evils and afflictions as well as all kinds of happiness of man, whether they concern one individual or a community, are distributed according to justice; they are the result of strict judgement that admits no wrong whatever.
You will find that there is no other difference of opinion as regards any portions of the Universe, except that the philosophers believe in the Eternity of the Universe and we believe in the Creation. Note this.
The so-called evils are evils only in relation to a certain thing, and that which is evil in relation to a certain existing thing, either includes the non-existence of that thing or the non-existence of some of its good conditions.
The more we desire for that which is superfluous, the more we meet with difficulties; our strength and possessions are spent in unnecessary things, and are wanting when required for that which is necessary.
The question, "What is the purpose thereof?" cannot be asked about anything which is not the product of an agent; therefore we cannot ask what is the purpose of the existence of God.
Astrology is a sickness, not a science .
.. It is a tree under the shade of which all sorts of superstitions thrive.
We suffer from the evils which we, by our own free will, inflict on ourselves and ascribe them to God, who is far from being connected with them!
Do not imagine that these most difficult problems can be thoroughly understood by any one of us.
The fact that laws were given to man, both affirmative and negative, supports the principle, that God's knowledge of future events does not change their character. The great doubt that presents itself to our mind is the result of the insufficiency of our intellect.
Astrology is a disease, not a science.
The Prophets even express their surprise that God should take notice of man, who is too little and too unimportant to be worthy of the attention of the Creator; how, then, should other living creatures be considered as proper objects for Divine Providence!
All forces that reside in the body are angels.
In accordance with the divine wisdom, genesis can only take place through destruction.
Man's shortcomings and sins are all due to the substance of the body and not to its form; while all his merits are exclusively due to his form.
Every man whose character traits all lie in the mean is called a wise man.