Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Thucydides


Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

"The surest way of harming an enemy is to find out certainly what form of attack he is most frightened of and then to employ it against him."
  • From a speech attributed to Alcibiades in the History of the Peloponnesian War (Book VI, section 91) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972).



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Monday, March 18, 2019

Christine de Pizan


Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-1430)

"It is truly wicked of people to try to turn something which is as good and praiseworthy in a woman - her tenderness - into something bad and blameworthy. Women love children because they're not acting out of ignorance but rather a natural instinct to be gentle. And if being gentle therefore means they are childlike, so much the better for them."
  • From The Book of the City of Ladies (Part I, chapter 10) by Christine de Pizan, translated by Rosalind Brown-Grant (Penguin Classics, 1999).



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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Arrian


Arrian (c. 90-173+)

"Luck, remember, is an unpredictable thing, and against what it may bring no man has any defence."
  • From Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander (Book 5), translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt and revised by J. Hamilton. New York; Penguin Classics, 1971. Specifically, it comes out of a speech that Arrian wrote from the point of view of Alexander's advisor, Coenus.



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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sima Qian



Sima Qian (145-90 BCE)

"Jostling and joyous,
The whole world comes after profit;
Racing and rioting,
After profit the whole world goes!"
  • A poetic saying recorded in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji 129) by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Gudrun Osvifsdottir


Gudrun Osvifsdottir (said to have lived c. 970-1050)

"Tarry-long brings little home."
  • Quote attributed to Gudrun Osvifsdottir in the anonymously-written Laxdæla Saga (section 35), c. 13th century, translated by Keneva Kunz. New York: Penguin Classics, 2008.



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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mo Tzu


Mo Tzu (5th century BCE)

"One who loves will be loved by others, and one who hates will be hated by others."
  • From the Basic Writings of Mo Tzu (Universal Love, part III, section 16), translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1963).


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Monday, March 11, 2019

Geoffrey Chaucer


Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400)

"It's men that are untrue
And women, women ever blamed anew.
I think it a pretence that men profess
They hide behind a charge of faithlessness."
  • The Canterbury Tales (The Merchant's Tale) by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated to modern English by Nevill Coghill (Penguin Classics, 2003).



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