„One can't fight with oneself, for this battle has only one loser.“

Mario Vargas Llosa photo
Mario Vargas Llosa14
écrivain péruvien et espagnol, auteur de romans et d'essais… 1936

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Jean Jacques Rousseau photo

„Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it means one always has some battle to wage against oneself.“

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau Genevan philosopher 1712 - 1778
Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Julie_ou_la_Nouvelle_H%C3%A9lo%C3%AFse/Sixi%C3%A8me_partie#Lettre_VII._R.C3.A9ponse (French), Sixième partie, Lettre VII Réponse (1761) Julie, or The New Heloise http://books.google.com/books?id=oN6_B_AFhcwC (English), Part Six, Letter VII Response, pg 560

Kazuo Ishiguro photo
Robert Jordan photo
Emil M. Cioran photo

„Only one thing matters: learning to be the loser.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

Jean Paul Sartre photo

„One could only damage oneself through the harm one did to others. One could never get directly at oneself.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980

Arthur Schopenhauer photo
Sun Tzu photo

„For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 avant J.-C.
Variant translations Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities... It is best to win without fighting.

James Connolly photo

„The fight in Ireland has been one for the soul of a race – that Irish race which with seven centuries of defeat behind it still battled for the sanctity of its dwelling place.“

—  James Connolly Irish republican and socialist leader 1868 - 1916
'Ireland’s Travail and Ireland’s Resurrection,' Workers’ Republic, 7 August 1915.

Pierre Bourgault photo
Paul Gauguin photo

„Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge — and has to content oneself with dreaming.“

—  Paul Gauguin French Post-Impressionist artist 1848 - 1903
Quote in Avant et Après, (1903); taken from Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals, trans. (1923) Van Wyck Brooks [Dover, 1997, ], p. 2

Simone Weil photo

„In this so-called age of technicians, the only battles we know how to fight are battles against windmills.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Context: There is no area in our minds reserved for superstition, such as the Greeks had in their mythology; and superstition, under cover of an abstract vocabulary, has revenged itself by invading the entire realm of thought. Our science is like a store filled with the most subtle intellectual devices for solving the most complex problems, and yet we are almost incapable of applying the elementary principles of rational thought. In every sphere, we seem to have lost the very elements of intelligence: the ideas of limit, measure, degree, proportion, relation, comparison, contingency, interdependence, interrelation of means and ends. To keep to the social level, our political universe is peopled exclusively by myths and monsters; all it contains is absolutes and abstract entities. This is illustrated by all the words of our political and social vocabulary: nation, security, capitalism, communism, fascism, order, authority, property, democracy. We never use them in phrases such as: There is democracy to the extent that... or: There is capitalism in so far as... The use of expressions like "to the extent that" is beyond our intellectual capacity. Each of these words seems to represent for us an absolute reality, unaffected by conditions, or an absolute objective, independent of methods of action, or an absolute evil; and at the same time we make all these words mean, successively or simultaneously, anything whatsoever. Our lives are lived, in actual fact, among changing, varying realities, subject to the casual play of external necessities, and modifying themselves according to specific conditions within specific limits; and yet we act and strive and sacrifice ourselves and others by reference to fixed and isolated abstractions which cannot possibly be related either to one another or to any concrete facts. In this so-called age of technicians, the only battles we know how to fight are battles against windmills. p. 222

Paul Cézanne photo

„To my mind one does not put oneself in place of the past, one only adds a new link.“

—  Paul Cézanne French painter 1839 - 1906
Quote of 1906 from a letter; cited in Paul Cézanne, Letters ed. John Rewald, New York, Da Capro Press, 1995, p. 313

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