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We can’t really say a lot about Hypatia, since not a ton is known about her. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt (around 350 AD), she was the daughter of philosophers, and she became a respected teacher and philosopher in her own right. She was murdered by a Christian mob in 415 AD, but not before establishing the world’s first known library—a rather impressive feat for a woman living in the 4th century. A lot of what we know comes from the writings of others, including the geographer Strabo who called her “the leading philosopher” of Alexandria.
She was known for her expertise in math, astronomy and philosophy. She was the head of the Platonist school in Alexandria, Egypt.
Here are some best quotes of Hypatia –
“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”
“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”
“In fact men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth – often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”
“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.”
“All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”