Echoes through time: the quality of the men he has around him

“The first opinion that is formed of a ruler’s intelligence is based on the quality of the men he has around him.  When they are competent and loyal he can always be considered wise, because he has been able to recognise their competence and to keep them loyal.”

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince

Echoes through time: enter into the mind of the speaker

“Accustom yourself to give careful attention to what others are saying, and try your best to enter into the mind of the speaker.”

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations

 

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Echoes through time: the empires of the future

“Let us go forward as with other matters and other measures similar in aim and effect – let us go forward in malice to none and good will to all. Such plans offer far better prizes than taking away other people’s provinces or lands or grinding them down in exploitation. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

Winston Churchill (1943), Speech on receiving an honorary degree from Harvard

Echoes through time: the very best that can be said or done

What is the very best that can be said or done with the materials at your disposal?  Be it what it may, you have the power to say it or do it; let there be no pretence that you are not a free agent.”

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations

Echoes through time: the bridge on which you must cross the river of life

No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk!

Friedrich Nietzsche (1873), Schopenhauer as Educator

Hat-tip to the ever excellent Maria Popova at BrainPickings and this post on Nietzsche.