Pythagoras Used To Say That He Had Received As A Gift From Mercury The Perpetual Transmigration Of His Soul, So That It Was Constantly Transmigrating And Passing Into All Sorts Of Plants Or Animals.

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Pythagoras used to say that he had received as a gift from Mercury
the perpetual transmigration of his soul, so that it was constantly
transmigrating and passing into all sorts of plants or animals.
-- Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD)
-- Pythagoras, iv