Do Not Say a Little in Many Words, But a Great Deal in a Few

In today’s world the truth of this wisdom quote is overlooked, and in many cases considered foolish. Just take a look at our politicians, who multiply words like rabbits yet actually say and do very little. Many seem to believe that by saying much, they could persuade the public that they are full of knowledge and wisdom. No, I’m not getting on a political soapbox, just making a point that age old wisdom tends to be lost in our day and time.

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

Is this wise proverb Bible or not? This quote is attributed to Pythagoras, a man who lived during the 6th century BC and is known today mostly for his contributions to the field of mathemetics. Anyone who has taken high school math has probably painstakingly learned the Pythagorean Theorem. What’s not commonly known about Pythagoras is that he was a philospher who started his own religion.

His quote about saying “a great deal in few words” is wisdom that still holds true today, and not disimilar with the teachings of King Solomon who pre-dated Pythagoras by approximately 400 years. In the Bible book of Proverbs we see:

A fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. – Ecclesiastes 5:3 KJV

We see then that wisdom is wisdom, regardless of where it comes from, and we can test the truth of it in the pages of the Bible. So, today, think before you speak and make your words count.


Do Not Say a Little in Many Words, But a Great Deal in a Few — 2 Comments

  1. There is another quote attributed to Pythagoras that is very similar to the one discussed: “Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few.” I do not know if this is a distinct quote, or an alternate translation.

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