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  • Book: Sun Tzu — On The Art Of War
    By Sun Tzu, Translated From Chinese By Lionel Giles
    ... 1. Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. 2. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. 3. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be ...
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  • Book: The Death Of Socrates
    By Plato Translated By Benjamin Jowett
    ... In the Meno, Anytus had parted from Socrates with the significant words: 'That in any city, and particularly in the city of Athens, it is easier to do men harm than to do them good;' and Socrates was anticipating another opportunity of talking with him. In the Euthyphro, Socrates is ...
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  • Book: Meditations
    By Marcus Aurelius
    ... Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born on April 26, A.D. 121. His real name was M. Annius Verus, and he was sprung of a noble family which claimed descent from Numa, second King of Rome. Thus the most religious of emperors came of the blood of the most pious of early kings. ...
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  • Book: Plato's The Republic
    By Plato, Translated By Benjamin Jowett
    ... The Republic of Plato is the longest of his works with the exception of the Laws, and is certainly the greatest of them. There are nearer approaches to modern metaphysics in the Philebus and in the Sophist; the Politicus or Statesman is more ideal; the form and institutions ...
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  • Book: Machiavelli's — The Prince
    By Nicolo Machiavelli, Translated By W. K. Marriot
    ... Nicolo Machiavelli Was Born At Florence On 3rd May 1469. He Was The Second Son Of Bernardo Di Nicolo Machiavelli, A Lawyer Of Some Repute, And Of Bartolommea Di Stefano Nelli, His Wife. Both Parents Were Members Of The Old Florentine Nobility. ...
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  • Book: The Sayings of Confucious
    Translated By James Legge
    ... A selection:
    CHAPTER XVI. The Master said, 'The mind of the superior man dwells on righteousness; the mind of the mean man dwells on gain.'
    CHAPTER XVII. The Master said, 'When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.' ...
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  • Book: Tao Teh King Or, The Tao And Its Characteristics
    By Lao-Tze, Translated By James Legge
    ... Ch. 1. 1. The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.
    2. (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things. ...
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  • WOW! Book: The Varieties of Religious Experience (in Two Volumes)
    By William James
    "... I am neither a theologian, nor a scholar learned in the history of religions, nor an anthropologist. Psychology is the only branch of learning in which I am particularly versed. To the psychologist the religious propensities of man must be at least as interesting as any other of the facts pertaining to his mental constitution. It would seem, therefore, that, as a psychologist, the natural thing for me would be to invite you to a descriptive survey of those religious propensities..."
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