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"Theory cannot equip the mind with formulas for solving problems, nor can it mark the narrow path on which the sole solution is supposed to lie by planting a hedge of principles on either side. But it can give the mind insight into the great mass of phenomena and of their relationships, then leave it free to rise into the higher realms of action. There the mind can use its innate talents to capacity, combining them all so as to seize on what is right and true as though this were a single idea formed by their concentrated pressure - as though it were a response to the immediate challenge rather than a product of thought."
- On War, Carl Von Clausewitz, 1780-1831


"The Tao is an empty vessel;
it is used, but never filled.
Oh, unfathomable source of ten thousand things!
Blunt the sharpness,
Untangle the knot,
Soften the glare,
Merge with dust.
hidden deep but ever present
I do not know from whence it comes.
It is the forefather of the gods."
- Tao Te Ching, Four


"It's not the strength but the duration of the lofty sensation that makes lofty people."
- Nietzsche, BGE, 72


"Thunder and wind: the image of duration. Thus the superior man stays firm and does not change his direction. Thunder rolls, and the wind blows; both are examples of extreme mobility and so are seemingly the very opposite of duration, but the laws governing their appearance and subsidence, their coming and going, endure. In the same way the independence of the superior man is not based on rigidity and immobility of character. He always keeps abreast of the time and changes with it. What endures is the unswerving directive, the inner law of his being, which determines all his actions."
- The I-Ching, 8th BC


"...if you, as a parent, raise your children well, they won't need you anymore. If you did it properly, they go away."
- Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book


"Keeping a wound open can also be very beneficial: a healthy and open wound; sometimes it is worst when it skins over." - Soren Kierkegaard


"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden


"It is easy to be brave at a safe distance." - Aesop