Salomon ibn Gabirol, aka Solomon ben Judah or Avicebron

ibn Gabirol, aka Solomon ben Judah or Avicebron

Spanish Jewish Talmudic Scholar, Andalusian Hebrew Poet and Philosopher

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Admit thy guilt and seek forgiveness, for the denial of guilt is two iniquities.

If you raise yourself up to the Primary Universal Matter and take shelter in its shadow, you will see wonders more sublime than all. Desire, therefore, for this and seek, for this is the purpose for which the human soul was formed and this is the most tremendous pleasure and the greatest of all forms of happiness.

The creation of all things by the Creator, that is, the emanation of form from the ?rst source, which is to say, the will, and its over?owing across matter resembles the upwelling of water ?owing from a fountain and descending . . . except that this ?ow is unceasing and entirely outside of motion and time . . . And the imprinting of form in matter, when it reaches it from the will, is like the return of the form of one who is gazing into a mirror.

If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, don't disclose it to your friend.

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.

In seeking Wisdom, the first stage is silence, the second listening, the third remembrance, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching.

The light that cometh from her (wisdom) never goeth out

In the whole of existence, there are three divisions of knowledge: (1) the knowledge of matter (al-‘unsur) and form (as-sûra), (2) the knowledge of Will (al-irâda), and (3) the knowledge of the First Essence. Among substances, there is nothing other than these three. First Essence is cause; matter and form, effect; and Will is the intermediary between the two extremes.

The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.

Jealousy is cruel as the grave the coals thereof are coals of fire.

There are four types of men in this world: (1) The man who knows, and knows that he knows; he is wise, so consult him. (2) The man who knows, but doesn't know that he knows; help him not forget what he knows. (3) The man who knows not, and knows that he knows not; teach him. (4) Finally, there is the man who knows not but pretends that he knows; he is a fool, so avoid him.

Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings.

There are three types of friends: those like food without which you can't live those like medicine which you need occasionally and those like an illness which you never want.

Knowledge indeed leads to deeds, and deeds separate the soul from the contraries which harm it…In every way, knowledge and deeds liberate the soul from the captivity of nature and purge it of its darkness and obscurity, and in this way the soul returns to its higher world.

Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace.

Many men hoard for the future husbands of their wives

What is the test of good manners? Being able to bear patiently with bad ones.

All men have one entrance into life, and the like going out

Master: The purpose for which all that exists is the knowledge of the world of the divine. . . Student: And what is the fruit that we will achieve with this study? Master: Release from death and adherence to the fountain and source of life.

You are wise, and your wisdom gave rise to an endless desire in the world as within an artist or worker—to bring out the stream of existence from Nothing…He called to Nothing—which split; to existence—pitched like a tent…With desire's span he established the heavens.

And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature; and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do.

Matter has no reality apart from its form, for the real derives from form, and therefore matter moves toward the reception of form, in other words, to be released from the sorrow of absence to the pleasure of existence.

Your secret is your prisoner once you reveal it, you become its slave.

As long as a word remains unspoken, you are its master; once you utter it, you are its slave.

One can compare creation to a word, which man utters with his mouth. In man’s expression of the word, its form and meaning are registered upon the hearing of the listener and in his mind. Along the same lines it is said that the exalted and holy creator expresses his word, and its meaning is registered in the substantiality of matter, and matter preserves that meaning, in other words, that created form is imprinted in matter and registered upon it.

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Spanish Jewish Talmudic Scholar, Andalusian Hebrew Poet and Philosopher