Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sigurd the Volsung/ Saga of the Volsungs


Sigurd the Volsung (Scandinavian-Germanic mythical hero)

"When men come to battle, a fearless heart serves a man better than a sharp sword."
  • From The Saga of the Volsungs, by an anonymous 13th century Icelander, translated by Jesse L. Byock (Penguin Classics, 1990, 1999).



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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius (c. 121-180 CE)

"Up and down, from one age to another, go the ordinary things of the world; being still the same."
  • From the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Book IX, meditation XXVI, (Xist Publishing edition, 2015). 


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sima Qian


Sima Qian (c. 145-90 BCE)

"A true Son of Heaven takes the whole world within the four seas to be his family."
  • From the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji) by Sima Qian. Sima Qian wrote this quote in the character of the Han advisor, Xiao He. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin (c. 1706-1790)

"Anger is never without a reason but seldom with a good one."
  • From Poor Richard's Almanac by Benjamin Franklin (Seven Treasures Publications, 2008).


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Christine de Pizan


Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-1430)

"There are in fact several women who have displayed the necessary courage, strength and bravery to undertake and accomplish extraordinary deeds which match those achieved by the great conquerors and knights mentioned in books."
  • From The Book of the City of Ladies (Part I, chapter 14) by Christine de Pizan, translated by Rosalind Brown-Grant (Penguin Classics, 1999).


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Aristotle


Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE)

"Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it: people become builders by building and instrumentalists by playing instruments. Similarly we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones."
  • From The Nicomachean Ethics (Book II, chapter I) by Aristotle, translated by J. A. K. Thomson (Penguin Classics, 2004).


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thucydides / Pericles


Thucydides (c.460-400 BCE)

"What we should lament is not the loss of houses or of land, but the loss of men's lives. Men come first; the rest is the fruit of their labour."
  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book I) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972). The quote comes from a speech that Thucydides wrote while in the character of Pericles.

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