Babylonian Talmud

c. 5th Century B.C.

One of the Two Major Compilations of Jewish Religious Teachings and Commentary that was Transmitted Orally

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Who is honoured? He who honours others.

The end of wisdom is repentance and good works.

Physical cleanliness leads to spiritual purity.

If a man commit an offence and repeat it, it becomes in his eyes something permitted.

Ambition destroys its possessor.

Better is one hour of repentance and good deeds in this world than a whole life in the World to Come.

Righteous men are greater after their death than during their lifetime.

Charity is equal to all the other precepts put together.

Silence is good for the wise; how much more for the foolish.

First learn, then form opinions.

Six hundred and thirteen commandments were given to Moses. King David came and reduced them to eleven (Psalms XV). The prophet Isaiah further reduced them to six (Isaiah XXXIII) Micah (VI, 8) reduced them to three: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.

Follow the customs of the city wherein thou comest.

Slander is called the third tongue because it slays three persons, the speaker, the spoken to, and the spoken of.

Greater is he who lends (in time) than he who performs an act of charity.

The Holy One, blessed be He, hates a person who says one thing with his mouth and another in his heart.

He who bears reproach without resentment escapes a thousand grievances.

The man who causes the deed is greater than he who does it.

He who does not teach his son a trade teaches him as it were to become a robber.

The reward of studying is understanding.

He who eats much evacuates much, and he who increaseth this flesh multiplieth food for worms; but he who multiplieth good works causes peace within himself.

This is the punishment of a liar: He is not believed, even when he speaks the truth.

He who is loud in his prayers is short in his faith... He who prays must direct his heart to heaven.

Truth is the seal of God.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

What is hateful to thyself, do not to thy fellow man.

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c. 5th Century B.C.

One of the Two Major Compilations of Jewish Religious Teachings and Commentary that was Transmitted Orally