Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hildr Hrólfsdóttir (recorded by Snorri Sturluson)


Attributed to Hildr Hrólfsdóttir (c. 9th century), recorded by Snorri Sturluson (c. 1179-1241)

"Tis ill 'gainst wolf to be wolfish,
warrior, such wolf opposing.
Hard that wolf will harry
your herds, once he runs to the forest."
  • This poem is attributed to Hildr Hrólfsdóttir in The Saga of Harald Fairhair, included in Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla. The translation used here is by Lee Hollander (University of Texas Press, 1964, 2018). Hildr Hrólfsdóttir reportedly stated this poem after King Harald Fairhair (or Finehair) of Norway outlawed her son, Hrolf (Rollo), who would go on to rule Normandy.


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Sun Tzu


Sun Tzu (Sayings recorded between the 6th and 3rd century BCE)

"Subtlety of subtleties!
     Spies have
     Innumerable uses."

From Sun Tzu's The Art of War (Chapter Thirteen), translated by John Minford (Penguin Classics edition, 2009).



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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Geoffrey Chaucer


Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400)

"Love is a thing as any spirit free;
Women by nature long for liberty
And not to be constrained or made a thrall,
And so do men, if I may speak for all."
  • From The Canterbury Tales (The Franklin's Tale) by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated to modern English by Nevill Coghill (Penguin Classics, 2003).


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Homer


Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE)

"A timid beggar is a bad beggar."
  • The Odyssey (Book 17) by Homer, translated by E. V. Rieu and edited by D. C. H. Rieu. New York: Penguin Classics, 2009. The quote comes from a line delivered by Penelope. She commenting on Odysseus, who was at the time disguised as a beggar.


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Murasaki Shikibu


Murasaki Shikibu (c. 11th century)

"Lost in my sorrows I never knew months and
days were still pasing by--
is the year really over, and my time, too, in the world?"

  • From Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji (chapter 41), translated by Royall Tyler (Penguin Classics, 2003).


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Thucydides


Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

"Colonists are not sent abroad to be slaves of those who remain behind, but to be their equals."
  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book I, section 34) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972). The quote was supposedly from a speech delivered by a Corcyraean ambassador to Athens in 433 BCE, when they were seeking help agaisnt Corinth.


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Josephus



Josephus (c. 37/38-100)

"Famine is truly the worst form of suffering and decency its greatest victim."
  • From The Jewish War by Josephus (trans. Henry Thackeray, Loeb 1961) and also referenced in Eusebius' The Church History (trans. Paul Maier, 1999). The quote comes from Josephus' commentary about the Roman siege of Jerusalem in the year 70.


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