The wisdom of the East: 8 quotes on life
«Live as if already dead» is the famous admonition to his disciples said Yamamoto Tsunetomo, the samurai, to whom we are indebted for the appearance of the book «Hidden in foliage», or «Hagakure». Although I do not think that he is the author of this phrase, but it is the same word which is given to young Japanese people even now. If you live as if already dead, then fear will not be there to oppress you, he will not be the obstacle that stands in the way of personal achievements.
It seems to us that the wisdom of the East, with some reservations, very much alive in our modern world. The East is not limited to Japan, therefore, the quotes have a very wide geographical area.
1. About life
Indeed, the life of a man lasts an instant, so live and do what you want. It is foolish to live in this world, like a dream, every day to meet with trouble and to do what you don’t like.
HagakureWants you to die unhappy? Many may say that sometimes you must do what you must. But speaking on the merits, then you have to determine what you need and what is not. «Debt» is not dumped on you at birth. He’s not a stigma for life.
2. About courage
Courage is not in force in the art of the sword, the courage to control oneself and to be fair.
Saadi, the Persian poet of the 13th century lived a remarkably rich life and was able to make history thanks to his wise saying, impregnated with everyday rationality. How often do we look at people that look like men and even think that they are men, but that this title could not be earned, based on the opinions of Saadi. Strength, power – all attributes of the person are considered. However, reasonableness and fairness are virtues.
3. About the book
If a person is not able to think, that even if he read a mountain of books, he deserves only to be called a bookcase.
Xu SamoChinese sages long before the prevalence of reading and books as such she predicted that the basic problem of people «reading», the lion’s share will not after reading even make the main idea, evaluate the work or to remember someone’s scientific work. What’s the point to read? To have fun? Also true, but the words were then written in vain.
4. About the places where we are not
Sitting in a wheelchair nobles, it is impossible not to dream of the forests on the mountain tops. Living at forest Creek, it is impossible not to think about the worries of those who serve in the Palace of the Emperor.
Hong CsinceChinese Philosopher and author of the famous collection of aphorisms «the Taste of the Roots» in the 17th century described the problem of people who, being in the city and vanity, dream of ice streams, the cool mountain tops, and being alone with nature, dreaming about the hustle and bustle and traffic of urban city life.
5. Readiness for the worst
Prosperity and abundance portend decline and death. The seeds of new life are hidden in the withering and death. The nobleman enjoying the peace, must prepare for the troubles and privations, and enduring hardships, have to keep the resistance and firmly believe that success will come to him.
Zsyncer Hun, you Must be ready for the intricacies of his own life. And when you’re ready, in the time of adversity will not beat yourself up over something that you’ve done everything I could do.
6. About the nature of power
The king who fills his Treasury with the property of the subjects, like one who rubs the roof of his house with clay, taken from beneath its Foundation.
As-samarqandi Persian poet, which has always recognized the important role of the state over the individual, still they could not stand the numerous exactions from the common people and the corruption of senior officials. Although if you look at the numerous statements by contemporaries As-Samarkandi, it seems that corruption is a disaster any time and any state that still is one of the main reasons for its inevitable fall.
7. About vanity
Caught in the rain, you can learn from this valuable lesson. If the rain starts unexpectedly, you don’t want to get wet and therefore run down the street to his house. But when he reached home, you realize that you are still wet. If you decide not to walk fast, you will get wet, but don’t fuss. We should act similarly in similar circumstances.
Yamamoto TsunetomoFor Japanese vanity is a sign of very poor parenting. And for the samurai, and all the symptom of the mob. Every movement, every look, every action must carry a sign of dignity and honor. So Tsunetomo and gives a, at first glance, strange advice. Some things we can’t control, so escape is the worst of the outputs. Better to meet adversity face to face – so says Tsunetomo.
8. The victory
To win a hundred victories in a hundred battles is not the pinnacle of martial arts. To defeat the enemy without a fight – that’s the top.
Sun Tzu sun Tzu is a Chinese General who wrote «the Art of War», a treatise which became the main book for those interested in military art. The famous General believed that the best victory is a victory, achieved through diplomatic means, by trickery, deception, and ingenuity. A protracted war he considered detrimental to the state regardless of who wins it. In General, sun Tzu is a lot to learn and even pass on real life, his military wisdom.