Thursday, October 18, 2018

Homer


Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE)

"It is the law of our mortal nature, when we
come to die. We no longer have sinews keeping the bones and
flesh together; once life has departed from our white bones, all
is consumed by the fierce heat of the blazing fire, and the soul
slips away like a dream and goes fluttering on its way."
  • The Odyssey (Book 11) 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 17, 2018

Giovanni Boccaccio


Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375)

"Just as the sky, worthy young ladies, is bejeweled with stars on cloudless nights, and the verdant fields are embellished with flowers in the spring, so good manners and pleasant converse are enriched by shafts of wit."
  • The Decameron (First Day, Tenth Story) by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by G. H. McWilliam. New York: Penguin Classics, 2003.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sun Tzu


Sun Tzu (c. 6th-5th Century BCE)

"Exhaust
A fresh enemy;
Starve
A well-fed enemy;
Unsettle
A settled enemy."
  • From Sun Tzu's The Art of War (Chapter Six), translated by John Minford (Penguin Classics edition).


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Monday, October 15, 2018

King Agesilaus II (Sayings of the Spartans)


King Agesilaus II (r. 400-360 BCE)

"Cities shouldn't be fortified with stones or timbers, but with the valour of their inhabitants."
  •  Quote attributed to King Agesilaus II in the Sayings of the Spartans, presumably collected by Plutarch, in On Sparta, translated by Richard J. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin Classics, 2005.


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Anna Komnene


Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153)

"Such is the way of Fortune: when she wishes to smile on a man she exalts him on high, crowns him with a royal diadem, and gives him sandals of purple; but when she frowns, instead of the purple and the crown, she clothes him in ragged garments of black."
  •  From The Alexiad (Book III) by Anna Komnene, translated by E.R.A. Sewter, (Penguin Classics, 2009).


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Al-Ghazālī



Al-Ghazālī (c. 1058-1111)

"With your question you have climbed a difficult slope, one before whose upper regions the eyes of the observers fall back. You have knocked at a locked door that is not to be opened except for the firmly rooted possessors of knowledge."
  • From The Niche of Lights by Al Ghazālī, translated by David Buchman. Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1998.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Homer


Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE)

"I would rather work the soil as a serf
on hire to some landless impoverished peasant
than be king of all these lifeless dead."

  •  The Odyssey (Book 11) by Homer, translated by E. V. Rieu and edited by D. C. H. Rieu. New York: Penguin Classics, 2009.


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