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Quotes - October 2017

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Quotes - October 2017

Alexei Muravsky

“The Indian style of warfare, with its dependence on individual courage and extraordinary skill, transformed both colonial and native societies. Among the Indians, it undermined the power of the sachems or hereditary peacetime leaders. As war became a way of life, Indians became increasingly dependent on their European allies for food and supplies as well as for the materials of war. Among Europeans, gradual mastery of forest warfare bred a self-confidence that helped bring Americans to a Declaration of Independence in 1775. Among the Canadiens of the St. Lawrence Valley, it bred a conviction that they could survive even after the last French soldiers and officials had dropped down the great river in October 1760.”

- Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada: From Champlain to the Gulf War 3rd Edition


“”Well,” she said, “I’m seventeen and I’m crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane. Isn’t this a nice time of night to walk? I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise.””

- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“All stories that work have a similar shape, Blake believed. The specific one you or I might be working on at the moment will have its own unique shape. But it will cohere, in pretty predictable fashion, around the perennial “beats” of a narrative structure that has existed since our days of telling stories around the fire in the cave.”

- Steven Pressfield, The Female Carries the Mystery on www.stevenpressfield.com


“Civilization doesn’t exist to maximize capitalism. Capitalism exists to maximize civilization.”

- Seth Godin, Unbridled on http://sethgodin.typepad.com/


“A certain Master Tokuhisa was born quite different from other people and looked to be a bit moronic. Once, a guest was invited and mudfish salad was served. At that time everyone said, “Master Tokuhisa’s mudfish salad.” and laughed. Later when he was in attendance and a certain person made fun of him by quoting the above remark, Tokuhisa pulled out his sword and cut the man down. This event was investigated and it was stated to Lord Naoshige, “Seppuku is recommended because this was a matter of rashness within the palace.” When Lord Naoshige heard this, he said, “To be made fun of and remain silent is cowardice. There is no reason to overlook this fact because one is within the palace. A man who makes fun of people is himself a fool. It was his own fault for being cut down.””

Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure


“Disgraceful: for the soul to give up when the body is still going strong.”

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


The Old Lion

A Lion, worn out with age, lay drawing his last breath, and several of the Beasts who had formerly been sufferers by him came and revenged themselves. The Boar, with his powerful tusks, ripped his flank; and the Bull gored his sides with his horns. The Ass, too, seeing there was no danger, came up and threw his heels into the Lion’s face. “Alas!” groaned the dying tyrant, “how much worse than a thousand deaths it is to be spurned by so base a creature.”

Respect earns respect.

 - Aesop, Aesop’s Fables with Illustrations by Ernest Griset


“Reading rap will never be the same as listening to it, but it retains an essential value all its own. “Rap lyrics are important to analyze and dissect,” Chuck D explains, “because they offer a way to look at society from a perspective rarely taken seriously… Many Hip Hop lyricists have jewels woven deep in the meanings of certain songs, but the whole duty of Hip Hop is firstly, writing, and secondly, to get the song across, and a lot of times artists are more focused on how to get it across so that the substance, reasoning, and metaphors that have been written into the rhymes get overlooked.” The goal of this anthology is to ensure that these lyrical jewels are not overlooked but instead are allowed to shine.”

- Edited by Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois, The Anthology of Rap, Introduction


“As our children grow, so must we grow to meet their changing emotional, intellectual, and designer-footwear needs.”

- Dave Barry, via Vicky Phares, Understanding Abnormal Child Psychology, 3rd Edition


“Beyond a certain, but not yet defined degree, the immature organism cannot achieve homeostasis on its own.”

- Margaret S. Mahler, On Human Symbiosis and the Vicissitudes of Individuation, via PSYC 4010 – Seminar in Developmental Psychology


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