Monday, February 21, 2011

Threaten Not the Stars

Pythagorean acusmata

         On starting a journey, do not turn back.

         Avoid the weasel.

         Threaten not the stars.

         Dig not fire with a sword.

"Acusmata" is a completely obscure
word for maxims that were 
transmitted orally. 

Pythagoras, a 6th century B.C. Greek philosopher, 
today is best known for sometimes 
stumping sixth-grade geometry students.