Sunday, January 19, 2020

Odin (from Hávamál)


Odin (Norse god)

"Never be made glad by wickedness
but please yourself with good things."
  • This quote comes from stanza 128 of Hávamál (Sayings of the High One), an old poem which was preserved in the 13th-century Poetic Edda which was produced anonymously in Iceland. The translation is by Carolyne Larrington (Oxford University Press, 2014).



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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Benjamin Franklin



Benjamin Franklin (c. 1706-1790)

"If what most men admire
they would despise,
It would look as if mankind
were growing wise."
  • From Poor Richard's Almanac by Benjamin Franklin (Seven Treasures Publications, 2008).



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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Al-Ghazālī


Al-Ghazālī (c. 1058-1111)

"The keys of hearts are in God's hand; He opens hearts when He wills, as He wills, and how He wills."

  • From The Niche of Lights by Al Ghazālī, translated by David Buchman. Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1998.



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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Lao Tzu


Lao Tzu (c. 6th-5th century BCE)

"Governing a large state is like boiling a small fish."
  • From Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (Book Two, LX), translated by D. C. Lau (Penguin Classics, 1963).



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Monday, January 13, 2020

Thucydides


Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

"In all relations with one's neighbours freedom is the result of being able to hold one's own, and as for these neighbours, who, not content with those close to them, are trying to spread their dominion far and wide, with them we must simply fight it out to the last."
  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book IV, section 92) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972). The quote comes from a speech that Thucydides wrote while in the character of Pagondus. 


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Odin (from Hávamál)


Odin (Norse god)

"No man is so good that he has no blemish,
nor so bad that he is good for nothing."
  • This quote comes from stanza 133 of Hávamál (Sayings of the High One), an old poem which was preserved in the 13th-century Poetic Edda which was produced anonymously in Iceland. The translation is by Carolyne Larrington (Oxford University Press, 2014).



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Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Buddha


The Buddha (c. 6th-5th century BCE)

"Having drunk the sap of solitude
and the savor of peace,
one is free of distress,
free from wrongdoing,
enjoying the delightful
flavor of the teaching."
  • The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 15), recorded in the 3rd century BCE. Translation by Glenn Wallis, 2004.



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