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    There's an on-going thread for "arcane university classes" spoofing things a wizard would have to learn, so hey, let's do something similar for all those martial types. Martial arts through the ages have provided a great number of pithy quotes, after all. So let's share.

    Let me start by linking some of my recent fictional favorites:

    "Reach Heaven through Violence."

    "If violence wasnít your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it."

    Aaaand then some unsorted riffs on the classics:

    "Fear not the man who has handled ten thousand weapons once; fear the man who has handled one weapon ten thousand times."

    "It is said the greatest display of skill and power is had between two equals."

    "Random people on the street are not your equals."

    "It is also said: the greatest swordsman only needs to fear the worst, for he has no idea what that damned fool is going to do."

    "If you have a good sword arm, random people who attack you on the street are damned fools. Prepare accordingly."

    "Sweat in the gym spares blood on the field."

    "The very meaning of being a professional fighter, is to gain money for it. If you face another fighter and there's no money in fighting them, don't fight. Beating up people for free is for amateurs. "

    "Ability to fight consists of three parts: technique, fitness and will. Between those of equal fitness and technique, the one with superior will wins. Between those of equal will and technique, the one with greater fitness wins. So on and so forth. Advantage in one area can compensate for disadvantage in another, but none should be neglected. "

    "To understand difference between self-defence and a fight, draw a circle on the ground around you. In self-defence, when your opponent steps in that ring, you want to do all to get out. In a fight, you want to do all to get them out."

    "Standing to fight is for those who have no other places left to stand on."

    "Any weapon you bring to a fight that you are unable or unwilling to use, belongs to your enemy."

    "Learning how to use force on others in defence of self is a tautological pursuit, for if none knew how to use force on others, who would you defend your self from?"

    "Consider: there is no such thing as 'self' to defend."

    "When you pick up a weapon, never consider merely your own life. Do not seek beauty in battle or glory in death. If there is an opponent you must fight, stab them to death from behind."

    "Soldiers who do more harm than good should fall on their own blades."

    "The nature of warfare is deception. Warfare is the extension of politics. Hence, the nature of politics is also deception."

    "Should you meet an undefeatable master on the road, kill them."

    "A man with a sword may threaten a man with a hoe, claiming his life is in their hands. But if it is the man with the hoe who feeds the man with the sword, then he, too, holds their life in his hands. Thus, we must consider the hand that holds the sword and the hand that holds the hoe to be of equal strength. And if they are equal, the land they stand on belongs to both equally. Only when the sword and the hoe are held in hands of a single man, can he say he truly owns his land. "
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."

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    "In the Kingdom of the Blind, the One Eyed Man is King."

    Setup for a wandering Cyclops, trying to find the Kingdom of the Blind...

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    Is this just for aphorisms, or actual courses of study that a martial class might need? For the latter, OotS had some funny ones from Roy's stint in Fighter College getting his Master of Battle Administration (MBA).

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    "The Best Defense Is a Great Offense, The Best Offense is to destroy something in one shot, the world is dangerous and therefore a threat to defend against, therefore the best offense is to destroy the world. No world means nothing to defend against, victory achieved forever."

    "Its just like Dark Souls, behold the Way of the Parry, the Block, the Dodge Roll..."

    "If your foe can see you draw your blade, you have not mastered Hyper-Iaijutsu
    If your foe can respond to your attack, you have not mastered Hyper-Iaijutsu
    If your foe knows who you are, you have not mastered Hyper-Iaijutsu
    If you need more than one hit to kill, you have not mastered Hyper-Iaijutsu
    If your foe does not have a delayed reaction to being cut in half, you have not mastered Hyper-Iaijutsu
    If there is a thing you can't cut, you have not mastered Hyper-Iaijutsu."

    "Behold, grasshopper, let me teach you the Way of the Gun, with techniques such as Cover Seeking Approach, Scope Aiming Excellence, Ammunition Management Method and many more ancient secrets..."

    "Beware of old fighters with big beards. They know that a foe can grab onto their beard to get an advantage, but have still lived so long! therefore they must be great fighters to have such a thing."

    "Always shout at the top of your lungs in battle. it will scare the foe and thus make them hesitate, leaving them defenseless for you to cut them down."

    "In war, you must be mindful of those who swear revenge for the people you kill. Therefore use fire to burn everyone, the flames going out of control will kill everyone in the vicinity thus leaving no one who can possibly swear vengeance against you."

    "Wearing armor only slows you down from killing more people before they can pierce armor that you don't have."
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    I'm mostly interested in aphorisms, though no-one will kill you if you put in classes too. There's no money in it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wuzza
    "In the Kingdom of the Blind, the One Eyed Man is King."
    "If one could learn martial arts by sight, dogs would be the greatest fighters, for they obediently follow their masters and are happy to watch in exchange of a simple treat."

    "A man may look at beasts and admire their feats, thinking those are in their nature. But fewer things come to beasts naturally than man thinks. An otter pup does not know how to swim and it doesn't even like water. Its mother must drag it into the water by the neck to teach it."

    "The mind does not know what the body knows and the body does not know what the mind knows. And it is not your mind that strikes the enemy. "

    "A man with eyes sees, even when he knows not how or why he sees. A man with no eyes sees not, even if he knows all about how and why everyone else sees. The man with keenest eyes may tell you nothing of sight. So, too, is it with fighting. The greatest fighter fights without knowing how or why he fights and he may tell you nothing of fighting."

    "Give the greatest boxer a knife and you have found the greatest knife fighter. Give the greatest staff fighter a spear and you have found the greatest spearman. Give the greatest swordsman a flail and you have found a fool who will hit himself with his own weapon."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."

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    "Put the pointy end into the other guy."

    "Hit them until they stop moving."

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    "The only strike worth considering is thrusting, and thus the only weapon worth wielding are spears or rapiers, as the only wound inflicting are holes in the glorious tangle that is battle. I'm getting short of breath just thinking about it!"

    "Appropriate weapons for the appropriate foe: for a human a sword, for a deer a hunting bow, for
    a dragon a more foolish soul than you and a stacked deck in their favor."

    "There is no peace, only war and preparation for war."

    "Coward is just another word for Winner."

    "Honor is just another word for whatever you think is right."

    "Bravery is just another word for Martyrdom."

    "Victory is enjoying women and wine while other people die somewhere else."

    "To win wars is to plan long term, therefore the longest term you can possibly plan for is entropy, therefore entropy is the greatest foe to fight, therefore the war that should be fought is the fight to make perpetual energy, thus you will win all wars when you triumph over entropy."
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    Incoming fire has right of way

    Donít think of it as being vastly outnumbered, think of it as having a wide shot selection.

    If youíre good enough to put him on the ground, you are good enough to kick him while heís down there.

    You donít have to worry about what heís armed with if you shoot him in the back.

    Some people say there is no honor in shooting someone in the back. Let me read you their obituaries.

    If it is unlikely that your attack will pierce the enemyís armor, remember that if you make enough attacks sooner or later you will get a lucky one.

    He canít hit you if he canít see you.

    Distraction is the oldest trick in the book because it works.

    If you know what he is going to do before he knows what he will do you cannot be defeated.
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    "In a duel, the man with biggest weapon often wins. Hence the grappler reigns supreme, for his weapon is the ground itself."

    "Using strength in a technique is not a flaw, wasting strength is."

    "People ask 'does this technique work?' This is the wrong question. In a fight, position is everything. If you are in the wrong position, no technique will work. If you are in the right position, any silly technique will work."

    "This said, if you are in a position to make any silly technique work, you may simply punch your opponent untill they fall over."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."

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    "I've never lost a fair fight. Never won one either."
    I follow a general rule: better to ask and be told no than not to ask at all.

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    Compassion and mercy is why our god provides us with protection, guards our every step. I will stop you misdeeds at every corner but you have not used up your second chance yet. Do not waste it.

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    "Fear not the man who has handled ten thousand weapons once; fear the man who has handled one weapon ten thousand times."
    Wow that is a lot of weapons says the man crushed by ten thousand weapons at once.(seriously handling ten thousand of weapons once is hard)

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob View Post
    Wow that is a lot of weapons says the man crushed by ten thousand weapons at once.(seriously handling ten thousand of weapons once is hard)
    on the other end: "The random stick I've wielded since childhood is clearly superior to anything you can pick up! after all, I practiced it for my entire life."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Raziere View Post
    "Behold, grasshopper, let me teach you the Way of the Gun, with techniques such as Cover Seeking Approach, Scope Aiming Excellence, Ammunition Management Method and many more ancient secrets..."
    "And once you have mastered these techniques, then you may attempt to study the barely restrained aggression of Bounding Overwatch, the dual lessons of the brutally cunning Mozambique Drill and the cunningly brutal Tueller Drill and finally the patient but lethal Slicing the Pie.

    However each of these are mere child's steps to the final goal of killing the enemy by words only, it is an arcane rite of variable length and different words every time, but always ends with the dreaded words of 'FIRE. FOR. EFFECT.' "


    On a more serious note, the 36 Stratagems is full of these:

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    1. Cross the sea without the emperor's knowledge
    2. Besiege Wei to rescue Zhao
    3. Kill with a borrowed knife
    4. Wait at leisure while the enemy labors
    5. Loot a burning house
    6. Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west
    7. Create something from nothing
    8. Openly repair the gallery roads, but sneak through the passage of Chencang
    9. Watch the fires burning across the river
    10. Hide a knife behind a smile
    11. Sacrifice the plum tree to preserve the peach tree
    12. Take the opportunity to pilfer a goat
    13. Stomp the grass to scare the snake
    14. Borrow a corpse to resurrect the soul
    15. Lure the tiger off its mountain lair
    16. In order to capture, one must let loose
    17. Tossing out a brick to get a jade gem
    18. Defeat the enemy by capturing their chief
    19. Remove the firewood from under the pot
    20. Disturb the water and catch a fish
    21. Slough off the cicada's golden shell
    22. Shut the door to catch the thief
    23. Befriend a distant state and strike a neighbouring one
    24. Obtain safe passage to conquer the State of Guo
    25. Replace the beams with rotten timbers
    26. Point at the mulberry tree while cursing the locust tree
    27. Feign madness but keep your balance
    28. Remove the ladder when the enemy has ascended to the roof
    29. Deck the tree with false blossoms
    30. Make the host and the guest exchange roles
    31. The beauty trap (Honeypot)
    32. The empty fort strategy
    33. Let the enemy's own spy sow discord in the enemy camp
    34. Inflict injury on oneself to win the enemy's trust
    35. If all else fails, retreat


    To a lesser extent, Sun Tzu's Art of War has a number of these.
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    "The bigger they are, the harder they hit."

    "Be polite. Be efficient. Have a plan to kill everyone you meet."

    "Once you pull the pin, Mister Grenade is no longer your friend."
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    So I made a wizard with 8 Int and 19 Dex in a setting with guns, and I totally stole Heavy's famous quote for him.

    "Some people think they can outsmart me. Maybe.
    I have yet to meet one who can outsmart bullet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozen_Feet View Post
    My favorite Meti quotes:

    "To train with the sword, first master sweeping. When you have mastered sweeping, you must master the way of drawing water. Once you have learned how to draw water, you must split wood. Once you have split wood, you must learn the arts of finding the fine herbs in the forest, the arts of writing, the arts of paper making, and poetry writing. You must become familiar with the awl and the pen in equal measure. When you have mastered all these things you must master building a house. Once your house is built, you have no further need for a sword, since it is an ugly piece of metal and its adherents idiots."

    "Your stance must be wide. You must not be spare with the fluidity of your wrists or shoulders. You must have grip on the handle that is loose and unstrained. I heard it said you must be tender with your sword grip, as though with a lover. This is patently false. A sword is not your lover. It is a hideous tool for separating men from their vital fluids."

    "The weak swordsman strikes his enemy down and thinks his task done. He relishes in victory. He casts away his sword and returns to his lover. Little does he know his single cut will encircle the world five times and strike him down fifty-fold."

    "The weak swordsman clings to his instrument. It is better you have a sword, but death must lie under your fingernails, if need be. Learn death with your elbows, death with your knees, and death with your thumbs and fingertips. It is said death with the tongue is useful, but I find words too soft an instrument to smash a manís skull."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadzar View Post
    My favorite Meti quotes:

    "To train with the sword, first master sweeping. When you have mastered sweeping, you must master the way of drawing water. Once you have learned how to draw water, you must split wood. Once you have split wood, you must learn the arts of finding the fine herbs in the forest, the arts of writing, the arts of paper making, and poetry writing. You must become familiar with the awl and the pen in equal measure. When you have mastered all these things you must master building a house. Once your house is built, you have no further need for a sword, since it is an ugly piece of metal and its adherents idiots."
    I keep hearing this quote, time to make a response to it
    "I love that quote, I love that people live by it, and especially when people quote that at me while holding no weapon. It means more people to easily stab while they underestimate me because I'm supposedly an idiot."

    "Reach Heaven through violence? Wow thats a lot of angels your murdering to get there, sounds like a good way to the other place if you ask me."

    "Sure I can outsmart bullet. its easy: shoot first."

    "just sticking me with that pointy end ain't gonna do anything against plate."

    "no no no, looting a burning house is stupid, you just take things that are on fire! pillage THEN burn!"

    "how can you hit me until I stop moving, if you can't even reach me?"
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    For winning a swordfight have someone else fight the swordfight with a rocket launching drone while neither you or the drone pilot are anywhere close to the swordsmen.(ps: it does not works in anime or dnd or superhero stories/systems unless facing someone weak or unoptimized)
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    Oh my god you guys, we forgot the most important memes quotes:

    "Not personnel kid."

    "You are already dead."

    and

    "While you were having fun, I mastered the blade. When you were having sex, I mastered the blockchain. While you wasted your days in the tavern, I cultivated inner strength.

    And now when the world is on fire and the barbarians are at the gate you have the audacity to come and ask me for help?"
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    "friendly fire isn't."

    "if you think violence doesn't solve problems, you're not hitting hard enough."

    and it's corrolary:

    "only once a mosquito lands on your groin will you realize violence is not always the answer." (that is a real african proverb, by the way. ivory coast i think)

    "always aim for the weak spot. if you can't find a weak spot, delegate."

    "to win a battle, you must not die for your country. you must make sure your enemy does it in your stead."

    "dead men don't need gear."

    "blades don't need reloading, sure, but they need as much maintenance as the rest of your gear."

    "the pen is mightier than the sword. the artillery barrage is mightier than both."

    "fear not the bullet with your name on it. fear the grenade addressed "to whom it may concern"."

    "an dim mind will walk in dark places."

    "preparedness is next to godliness."

    "just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you."
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    "It is said it takes ten days to learn the staff, a hundred days to learn the sabre and a thousand days to learn the straight sword."

    "It is further said the staff is the weapon of a peasant, the sabre the weapon of a soldier and the straight sword a weapon of a noble."

    "One might think this is a comment on how the straight sword is the most prestigious. Mostly, it's just a comment on how snooty rich people have too much time on their hands."

    "Never think of yourself as being above of wielding a simple stick. Especially never think of yourself as being above of being hit with one."

    "A man with an oaken staff once challenged the six best swordsmen of the King to fight him at once. It was a highly unfair. Towards the swordsmen, who all died."

    "Give a novice a sword and watch him slaughter adepts in unarmed combat. Give a novice a staff and watch them hold back four adepts of the sword at once."

    "Beggar monks carry with them spades, not swords. This is because the spade is not much worse as a weapon, but is infinitely better at digging graves for all the bandits they kill."

    "Gold and pretty stones are not true signs of wealth. They are what peasants think of wealth. True signs of wealth are arms of iron and vests of bronze, for only the truly wealthy can waste useful metals on such frivolities."

    "Chivalry between peasants is a waste of everyone's time and deserves every bit of mockery. Knights are not kind to peasants for peasants' sake, they merely aim to make their shields shining and bright to other knights."

    "The strong can afford to appear weak, for they can strike down any fool who tries to benefit from their seeming weakness. They soar to new heights by lowering themselves. The weak cannot afford to appear weak, for such would be a mere invitation for others to tread on them. "
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."

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    I love Meti's quotes, especially since there is such a variety of them I'm not entirely sure what her opinion on anything actually is.

    "I see no reason to honour a warrior above a prostitute. They sell the same thing."

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    "Guys who use knives are either psychos or pros. You have to be real crazy or real good to use a knife. This guy's real good. He only makes one mistake. He brings a knife to a gunfight."

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    "Before taking revenge, dig two graves."

    "When I tell my apprentices advice starting with 'it is said...', they often ask 'but who said it?'. My usual answer is 'Hell if I know', for it should not matter who said what, or even if it was said at all. Only truth of the statements matters and it is the task of masters and apprentice alike to put their truth to the test."

    "Truth is a blade that cuts everyone equally."

    "In a room with two people, there might only be one master, but there are always two students."

    "To define something only by what it is not is an exercise in frustration. Hence, when teaching a student, a master should not only point out their errors or what they should not do. A master should praise and affirm where proper."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluedrew View Post
    I love Meti's quotes, especially since there is such a variety of them I'm not entirely sure what her opinion on anything actually is.

    "I see no reason to honour a warrior above a prostitute. They sell the same thing."
    "....Um.. aside from certain physical similarities I'm pretty sure they sell the exact opposite things in practice. At least the prostitute is making more people rather than killing them."

    "Finding a bigger stick to beat your problems in will just result in someone finding an even bigger stick than that to beat you in."

    "sometimes not hitting things will fool people into thinking you don't hit things, so when you hit things they're surprised and your hit kills them in one hit!"

    "You can never hav enuff dakka"

    "Da red wunz alwayz go fasta"

    "violence isn't the solution. fire is. how can anyone be violent if they're on fire? Think about it."

    "A shinobi is a weapon, a tool to kill nothing more, nothing less. They have no emotions and no qualms. Become a weapon completely and nothing will stop you."

    "To be a warrior is to fight for yourself. To be a soldier is to kill for the state. Know the difference."

    "An emotionless one who kills to succeed is long-lived. A passionate one who fights for their own enjoyment is dead."

    "Pacifism is a luxury for the people who can afford it. For all others, spend your mercy wisely."
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    To Lord Raziere: I will admit, I don't quite know what that quote was getting at. I mean I have some ideas but more than that it just felt appropriate for the thread.

    "Never pick a fight with an old man. He is too old to fight, he'll just kill you." -A poster of farm jokes.

    I kind of want to pick out some of my favourites, but I have some other things and other posts to get to, so I will just say:
    To Everyone: I'm enjoying this thread. Good work.

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    @Raziere & Cluedrew: mercenary and whore both sell their bodies, they both hold someone else's spear in their hand & they both run the risk of being penetrated by long, hard objects.

    Rocket science, martial arts sayings are not. Unless trying to hit another with a rocket, you are.

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    "Do or do not. There is no try."

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    "Warfare should be left to young men. This, because they have nothing to lose, but everything to gain."

    "No creature is sadder than an old man who has known only war. This means he has never held in his hands that which could bring him joy."

    "The second saddest creature is a man who goes to war because he had his joy snatched away from him. This, because he fights not to win, but simply so others would lose."

    "At the age of thirty winters, with nothing to my name, I contemplate the above. Is loss of a life not lived a loss at all?"

    "To live is to die, but to be dead is to not live. Infant and grown man can both have their lives end in a single instant, but it takes nine months to replace the former and decades to replace the latter."

    "To break that which you cannot repair is bad form. Hence, a student of the art of breaking should always learn the art of healing first."

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    "People who say you cannot define value of life, never owned any cows."

    "The nature of good and evil is that of two rabbits."

    "To ask why the civilian fears the soldier is like asking why the sheep fear the sheepdog. The sheepdog may exist to guard the sheep from the wolves, but the sheep always know the sheepdog is more akin to the wolf than it is akin to the sheep."

    "Indeed, if wolves and dogs were both to perish, the sheep would rejoice. But should the sheep perish, both wolf and dog would be quite sad."

    "Wolf and dog may only ally when sun threatens to rise above a world where there are no sheep."

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    "Four kinds of people join the army: the lazy, the thoughtless, the zealous and the murderous."

    "The lazy simply want someone else to clothe and feed them and armies are indeed fairly good at doing these."

    "The thoughtless are doing what their fathers were doing and what their fathers' fathers were doing, because if all those other people did it, they surmise, it must be worth doing."

    "The zealous heard those stories about good of the nation, glory, honor & all the other jazz, and thought they were documentaries."

    "The murderous want a license to legally kill people."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozen_Feet View Post
    @Raziere & Cluedrew: mercenary and whore both sell their bodies, they both hold someone else's spear in their hand & they both run the risk of being penetrated by long, hard objects.

    Rocket science, martial arts sayings are not. Unless trying to hit another with a rocket, you are.
    Oh I got that. Thats obvious. I just decided not to point it out. I am not in the habit of explaining the joke.

    "All that wisdom about war being foolish and for stupid people goes out the window when demons attack, don't stop and respond to peace attempts by setting things on fire for kicks and giggles."

    "There are grey wars where complex factors are at play, you weep for the loss of humanity, the senselessness of it all and come out traumatized. Then there those times when some crazy necromancer decides raise an army of the dead and conquer the world- and thats when it gets FUN!"

    "If you ever become invincible or immortal, only then may you attack recklessly without thought."

    "Once there was a warrior who wanted to win without killing others and show them his vision of a better world through his words. An archer shot him dead before he could get within shouting distance."

    "Shardbearers cannot hold ground."

    "War is mostly marching, camping, preparing, standing around guarding, drilling, planning, finding ways to entertain yourself, chores, endless tedium, supply management, scavenging, being alert, maintenance, cooking, scouting, hiding, sneaking, and then the actual fighting happens and you wish you were doing all those other things."

    "War is the art of not thinking so you can be handed a weapon that isn't yours, to do things you don't want to do, go places where you rather not be and die to people you don't want to fight."

    "gods don't fight wars, they make ultimatums."

    "If Pacifism is Cowardice, then I'm saintly with how much I retreat."
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    "A military leader ought to be as a father to his men. This is exactly what it sounds like: you feed them bastards, you clothe them bastards, you give them bastards allowance if they behave, you yell at them if they don't, and you listen to their mothers yell at you if there's a little accident and they don't all get home in time."

    "Never point a gun at something you don't want to shoot. Never go where guns are pointed at you if you don't want to get shot at."

    "Never put your bastards on the line of fire, unless you really don't like them & there's another one already on the way."

    "The military is poor escape from family life. That's 'cause it's commitment to a very big family where everybody's armed, some of your brothers hate you & you get yelled at by dad well into adulthood. "

    "Some says the military makes men out of boys. I find it more accurate to say it makes little girls out of boys - the firsts thing you learn are to dress properly, clean your room, cut your hair, getting to bed in time & doing what Daddy tells you to."

    "Now you know why military psych tests always ask about your relationship to your parents."

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    "A statesman can rule through love or fear. It is said that if one cannot be both, it is better to be feared."

    "It is also said: 'men fears what they can't understand'. I find this dubious, but if we are to grant it, we must conclude: man who understands violence, does not fear it."

    "Hence, to rule through fear, it is of utmost importance for a statesman to keep his populace ignorant of the ways of violence."

    "Should we find men instead fears violence more when they understand it more, then it is of utmost importance that all be taught the ways of violence. All must know what it feels like to suffer and all must know what it feels like to make others suffers."

    "Strength of the soul is measured in depth of suffering."

    "Reach understanding through suffering."
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