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A Porsche 911S (whale tale and all) is not better than a hollowed-out canoe in the jungles of the Amazon.

Learning comes from all your contacts, experiences and all facets of your life. The assimilation of learning is called knowledge, and the proper use of knowledge is called wisdom.

Combatively, the flow is like a flash flood in the desert. It moves to the places of least resistance and overwhelms your opponent with sheer unchallenged momentum.

Make your opponent's technique, your technique. You should respond to any circumstances without pre-arrangement. Your action should be like the immediacy of a shadow adapting to a moving object against the sun. Adapt like a shadow. Respond like an echo.

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. Nothing is weaker than water, but when it attacks something hard or resistant, then nothing withstands it. And nothing will alter its way.

Find the state of no-mindedness. A state of wholeness in which the mind functions freely and easily, without the sensation of a second mind or ego standing over it with a club.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

One who tries to stand on tiptoe cannot stand still. One who stretches his legs too far cannot walk. One who advertises himself is ignored. One who is too insistent on his own view finds few to agree with him. One who clams too much credit does not even get what he deserves. One who is too proud is soon humiliated.

Every conflicting center, every extraneous, disrupting, decentralizing emotion jars the natural rhythm and reduces a man's efficiency on the gridiron far more seriously than physical jars and bodily conflicts can ever jar him. The emotions that destroy the inner rhythms of a man are hatred, jealousy, lust, envy, pride, vanity, covetousness, and fear.

Alive, a man is supple, soft; in death, unbending, rigorous. All creatures, grass and trees, alive are plastic but are pliant too, and dead, are friable and dry. Unbending rigor is the mate of death, and yielding softness, company of life: unbending soldiers get no victories; the stiffest tree is the readiest for the axe. The strong and mighty topple from their place but the soft and yielding rise above them all.


Compilation by
Simu Patti Everett


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