Love of Learning

"Pythagoras did not relish his isolation and eventually resorted to bribing a young boy to be his first pupil... The teacher paid his student three oboli for each lesson he attended and noticed that as the weeks passed the boy's initial reluctance to learn was transformed into an enthusiasm for knowledge. To test his pupil Pythagoras pretended that he could no longer afford to pay the student and that lessons would have to stop, at which point the boy offered to pay for his education rather than have it ended. The pupil had become a disciple."
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