„He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.“
知可战与不可战者胜。

—  Sun Tzu
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„For he who fights and runs away
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—  Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
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„He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Aphorism 146 from Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Beyond Good and Evil) an 1886 book by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Translated from: Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein. Source: Gutenberg-DE Translation source: Hollingdale

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„One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
Samuel Butler's Notebooks http://books.google.com/books?id=cjk3AAAAIAAJ&q=%22One+of+the+first+businesses+of+a+sensible+man+is+to+know+when+he+is+beaten+and+to+leave+off+fighting+at+once%22&pg=PA186#v=onepage (1951)

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„Ricky Hatton cannot fight. He cannot box. He throws one punch at a time and then holds. There is no skill to what he does in the ring.“

—  Ricky Hatton English former professional boxer 1978
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„If a person resolves to fight, he ought to know what he is fighting for. Otherwise it makes no sense.“

—  Imre Kertész Hungarian writer 1929
Context: If a person resolves to fight, he ought to know what he is fighting for. Otherwise it makes no sense. A person usually fights against a power in order to gain power himself. Or else because the power in question is threatening his life. p. 69.

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