"There will be a last time for each of the things we do in life. "
William B. Irvine
"Let’s be like the Stoics: if the world is fatal, let’s be more fatal than the world. If it is indifferent, let’s be even more indifferent. One has to defeat the world and seduce it by an indifference that is at least equal to its own."
Jean Baudrillard: L’Autre par lui-même. Habilitation
(translated by Stefan Herbrechter)
"Thirdly, the gentleman warrior, carrying the weaponry of his way. The way of the warrior is to master the virtue of his weapons. If a gentleman dislikes strategy he will not appreciate the benefit of weaponry, so must he not have a little taste for this?"
"Let it make no difference to you whether you are cold or warm, if you are doing your duty; and whether you are drowsy or satisfied with sleep; and whether ill-spoken of or praised; and whether dying or doing something else. For it is one of the acts of life, this act by which we die: it is sufficient then in this act also to do well what we have in hand."
"Thinking unhurriedly, determine that today you will overcome your self of the day before, tomorrow you will win over those of lesser skill, and later you will win over those of greater skill."
"Looking comparatively at the good things, you will see that they are not excluded from wisdom, humanity and bravery."
Maxim from Hagakure (In the Shadow of the Leaves), Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659 - 1719)
"Do every act of your life as if it were your last."
"If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."