Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Buddha


The Buddha (this saying recorded in the 3rd century)

"A seeker will master this earth,
this world of death and radiant beings.
A seeker will gather a well-taught verse on the way
as a skilled gardener gathers a flower."
  • From The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 4), recorded in the 3rd century BCE. Translation by Glenn Wallis, 2004.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Thomas Jefferson



"I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere."
  • From a letter sent by Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams on February, 22, 1787. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Geoffrey of Monmouth


Geoffrey of Monmouth (flourished 12th century)

"It is easier for a kite to be made to act like a sparrow-hawk that for a wise man to be fashioned at short notice from a peasant."
  • From Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain (Part Three), completed in 1136 CE, translated from Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1966).


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Grettir's Saga



Grettir's Saga (14th century Icelandic text)


"The old saying is true, people seldom live up to their reputations."
  • Spoken by the character, Ali, in the anonymously written Grettir's Saga (c. 14th century), translated by Jesse Byock (Oxford World's Classics, 2009).


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thucydides


Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

"If a stout heart is lacking, all the skill in the world will not avail in the face of peril. Fear drives out all memory of previous instruction, and without the will to resist, skill is useless."
  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book II) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972). The quote comes from a speech that Thucydides wrote while in the character of Diodotus. 


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Murasaki Shikibu


Murasaki Shikibu (10th-11th century Japan)

"Do what you like, but not until you have collected your thoughts and considered the matter more calmly."
  •  From Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji (chapter 39), translated by Royall Tyler (Penguin Classics, 2003).

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Jean-Paul Sartre


Jean-Paul Sartre (c. 1905-1980)

"Before you come alive, life is nothing; it's up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing else but the meaning that you choose."
  • From Existentialism and Human Emotions (Philosophical Library Inc., 1957 and 1985).


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