Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

“The world is always ungrateful to its great men. Florence has built a statue to Galileo, but hardly even mentions Pythagoras. The former had a ready guide in the treatises of Copernicus, who had been obliged to contend against the universally established Ptolemaic system. But neither Galileo nor modern astronomy discovered the emplacement of the planetary bodies.

 
Thousands of ages before, it was taught by the sages of Middle Asia, and brought thence by Pythagoras, not as a speculation, but as a demonstrated science. “The numerals of Pythagoras”, says Porphyry, “were hieroglyphical symbols, by means whereof he explained all ideas concerning the nature of all things.”

 
Verily, then, to antiquity alone have we to look for the origin of all things.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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