Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Buddha


The Buddha (6th-5th century BCE)

"Those wise ones, restrained in the body,
restrained as well in speech,
those wise ones, restrained in the mind,
they indeed are perfectly restrained."
  • The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 17), recorded in the 3rd century BCE. Translation by Glenn Wallis, 2004. 


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Monday, October 14, 2019

Mo Tzu


Mo Tzu (5th century BCE)

"If men regard the families of others as they regard their own, then who would raise up his family to overthrow that of another? It would be like overthrowing his own."
  • 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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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Livy


Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE)

"One cannot hope for accuracy when dealing with a past so remote and with authorities so antiquated."
  • The History of Rome (Book 2, section 21) by Livy, translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt. New York: Penguin Classics, 2002.


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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Homer


Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE)

"Grief is endurable when one weeps with an ache in the heart during the day but can at least sleep at night and forget everything, good and bad, once one's eyelids close."
  • The Odyssey (Book 20, approximately line 90) by Homer, translated by E. V. Rieu and edited by D. C. H. Rieu. New York: Penguin Classics, 2009.



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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sima Qian


Sima Qian (c. 145-90 BCE)

"No matter how strong one's position may be, the important thing is that he should make benevolence and righteousness the basis of his conduct."
  • Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji 17) by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).



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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Livy


Livy (c. 59 BCE - 17 CE)

"Shared danger is the strongest of bonds; it will keep men united in spite of mutual dislike and suspicion."
  • The History of Rome (Book 2, section 39) by Livy, translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt. New York: Penguin Classics, 2002.



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Monday, October 7, 2019

The Malleus Maleficarum


The Malleus Maleficarum (published in 1487 by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger)

"I say, of what use is it to speak of remedies to those who desire no remedy?"
  • From The Malleus Maleficarum (Part II, Question 2, Chapter 3) by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, translated by Montague Summers (Dover Publications, 1971). 



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