Thursday, August 16, 2018

Arrian


Arrian (c. 90-173+)

"None of these things, I say, can make a man happy, unless he can win one more victory in addition to those the world thinks so great - the victory over himself."
  • The Campaigns of Alexander (Book 4) by Arrian, translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt and revised by J. Hamilton. New York; Penguin Classics, 1971.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Skapti Thoroddson (Grettir's Saga)


Quote attributed to the Althing Lawspeaker, Skapti Thoroddson (in Grettir's Saga)

"Many a man's death has come through overconfidence."
  • Spoken by Lawspeaker Skapti Thoroddson in the anonymously written Grettir's Saga (c. 14th century), translated by Jesse Byock (Oxford World's Classics, 2009).


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Buddha


The Buddha (Dhammapada verses were written down c. 3rd century BCE)

"Those whose minds are well trained
in the factors of full awakening
who delight, without clinging,
in the renunciation of grasping -
such bright ones, impulses destroyed,
are, in this very world, unbound."
  • The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 6), recorded in the 3rd century BCE. Translation by Glenn Wallis, 2004.


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Lao Tzu


Lao Tzu (6th-5th century BCE)

"To be overbearing when one has wealth and position
Is to bring calamity upon oneself."
  • From Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (Book One, IX), translated by D. C. Lau (Penguin Classics, 1963). 


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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Col. George Hanger


Col. George Hanger (c. 1750-1824)

"A soldier's musket, if not exceedingly ill-bored (as many of them are), will strike the figure of a man at eighty yards; it may even at 100; but a soldier must be very unfortunate indeed who shall be wounded by a common musket at 150 yards, provided his antagonist aims at him; and as to firing at a man at 200 yards with a common musket, you may as well fire at the moon and have the same hopes of hitting your object."
  • To All Sportsmen and Particularly to Farmers, and Gamekeepers. By Colonel George Hanger. London, 1814, pg. 205.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Geoffrey of Monmouth


Geoffrey of Monmouth (12th century)

"I consider theat there is nothing better or more enjoyable than life itself."
  •  From Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain (Part One), completed in 1136 CE, translated from Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1966).


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tacitus


Tacitus (c. 56-117+)

"Impatience has ruined many excellent men who, rejecting the slow, sure way, court destruction by rising too quickly."
  • From The Annals of Imperial Rome (Chapter 6), by Tacitus, translated by Michael Grant (Penguin Classics, 1996). 


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