Wednesday, April 22, 2009

zarathustra speaks...

Some simple words of knowledge that I have picked up over the last couple of years; living through some things, reading a couple of books or two, growing as an individual: 
  1. Two things bring life to an early end: stupidity and depravity. Some lose their life by not knowing how to save it; others, by not wanting to. 
  2. Virtue in life is its own award, whereas vice is its own punishment.
  3. Excellent things are easily abused. When everyone covets something, they are easily annoyed by it. 
  4. It is a bad thing to be good for nothing, but worse to be good for everything. Some lose because they win so often, and soon they are as despised as they once were desired. Such reality befalls even the best of us. 
  5. All lose their initial reputation for uniqueness, and are scorned as common. The remedy for extremes is not to exceed the golden mean in displaying your gifts. 
  6. Know how to stop, and do so at the right moment: the most difficult thing about running is stopping. It speaks well for your judgment to remain lucid at moments of madness. Any excess of passion detracts from reason, but with this attentiveness, anger will never run away with you or trample on good sense. 
  7. The brighter the torch, the more it consumes itself and the less it lasts. To win true esteem, make yourself scarce. 
  8. One who was adored by all in prosperity is abhorred by all in adversity.
  9. More is lost through holding on than can be won by defeating others. 
  10. The ears are the back door of truth and the front door of deceit. 

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