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Moses Maimonides Quotes at starsquotes, medieval Jewish Sephardic philosopher, prominent and influential Middle Age Torah scholars.

Form can only be destroyed accidentally, i.e., on account of its connexion with substance, the true nature of which consists in the property of never being without a disposition to receive form.

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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.

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When man possesses a good, sound body that does not overpower him nor disturb the equilibrium in him, he possesses a divine gift. In short, a good constitution facilitates the rule of the soul over the body, but it is not impossible to conquer a bad constitution by training.

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However great the exertion of our mind may be to comprehend the Divine Being or any of the ideals, we find a screen and partition between Him and ourselves. Thus the prophets frequently hint at the existence of a partition between God and us.

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All the great evils which men cause to each other because of certain intentions, desires, opinions, or religious principles, are likewise due to non-existence, because they originate in ignorance, which is absence of wisdom.

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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 truth removes hatred and quarrels, and prevents mutual injuries.

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The numerous evils to which individual persons are exposed are due to the defects existing in the persons themselves. We complain and seek relief from our own faults; 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!

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

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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.

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Who is Maimonides ?

Moses ben Maimon, generally referred to as Maimonides and sometimes referred to by the acronym Rambam, was a medieval Jewish Sephardic philosopher who became one of the most prominent and influential Middle Age Torah scholars.

He was also a pre-eminent astronomer and doctor in his day. Born in Córdoba, the Almoravid empire (present-day Spain) on Passover Eve, 1138, he served in Morocco and Egypt as a rabbi, physician, and philosopher. He died on December 12, 1204 in Egypt, from where his body was taken to lower Galilee, and buried in Tiberias.

In his lifetime, most Jews received with acclamation and reverence the teachings of Maimonides on Jewish law and ethics, including as far away as Iraq and Yemen. Yet while Maimonides ascended to become the revered head of the Jewish community in Egypt, his writings also had vociferous critics, particularly in Spain.

Nonetheless, he was posthumously remembered as one of the leading rabbinical decision-makers and thinkers in Jewish history, and a pillar of Jewish scholarship lies in his extensive research. His 14 volume Mishneh Torah also bears considerable canonical authority as a codification of Talmudic law.

In honor of his excellent status as a bona fide practitioner of the Oral Torah, he is often regarded as “ha Nesher ha Gadol” (the great eagle) In addition to being respected by Jewish scholars, Maimonides also plays a prominent role in the history of Islamic and Arab sciences, and is frequently mentioned in studies. Inspired by Al-Farabi, Avicenna and his contemporary Averroes, he in turn inspired many influential thinkers and scientists from Arab and Muslim countries. He was a popular philosopher and polymath in both the Islamic and Jewish worlds.

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