Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sun Tzu


Sun Tzu (sayings collected from 6th-3rd centuries BCE)

"The Wise Warrior,
      When he moves,
      Is never confused;
      When he acts,
      Is never at a loss."
  • From Sun Tzu's The Art of War (Chapter 10), translated by John Minford (Penguin Classics, 2009).


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Svipdag (from Hrolf's Saga)


Svipdag (Swedish warrior who supposedly lived around the 6th century)

"Men must try, if they are to advance. Without effort, no one learns which way luck will turn."
  • From The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, written by an anonymous Icelander in the 14th century, translated by Jesse Byock. New York: Penguin Classics, 1998.


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sima Qian


Sima Qian (145-90 BCE)

"A man has only one death. That death may be as weighty as Mount Tai, or it may be as light as a goose feather. It all depends on the way he uses it."
  • From Sima Qian's letter to Ren An, in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji), by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Anna Komnene


Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153)

"If we are to achieve a position of strength and absolute security, it is essential that we should decide on a common policy."
  • From The Alexiad (Book II) by Anna Komnene, translated by E.R.A. Sewter, (Penguin Classics, 2009).
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

John Calvin


John Calvin (c. 1509-1564)

"There is, indeed, nothing that man's nature seeks more eagerly than to be flattered."
  • From Theology: Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559 edition, Book II) by John Calvin, translated by F. L. Battles and edited by  J. T. McNeill (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1955).


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Egil Skallagrimsson


Egil Skallagrimsson (10th century Viking poet)

"Their numbers are dwindling, the famous
warriors who met with weapons
and spread gifts like the gold of day.
Where will I find generous men,
who beyond the sea that, nailed with islands,
girds the earth, showered snows of silver
on to my hands where hawks perch,
in return for my words of praise?"
  • Egil's Saga (recorded c. 13th century possibly by Snorri Sturluson), translated by Bernard Scudder. New York: Penguin Classics, 2004 edition.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Murasaki Shikibu


Muraski Shikibu (10-11th century Japanese writer)

"Sorrows are the way of this fickle world."
  • From Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji (chapter 36), translated by Royall Tyler (Penguin Classics, 2003).


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