Just dare it!

June 18, 2017


Friedrich Nietzsche circa 1875, by F. Hartmann in Basel (public domain)

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“Man vergilt einem Lehrer schlecht, wenn man immer nur der Schüler bleibt. Und warum wollt ihr nicht an meinem Kranze rupfen?”

(Ecce Homo, Vorwort, 1888)

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One repays a teacher poorly if one always remains only a student. And why would you not pluck at my wreath?

(Ecce Homo, Foreword, 1888)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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Abalone Academy

January 22, 2017

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“Wer von Geometrie nichts versteht, hat hier keinen Zutritt.”

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“Let none but geometers enter here.”

(Motto over the entrance to Plato’s Academy)

Plato, Greek philosopher (428/427 BCE – 348/347 BCE)

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1 marble (black): a point
2 marbles (black): a line
3 marbles (white): an equilateral triangle
4 marbles (white): a rhombus
5 marble (black): a trapezoid
6 marble (black): a rhomboid
7 marbles (white): a regular hexagon

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #9

May 1, 2016

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“Therefore I say: « Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When your are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chance of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril. »”

(The Art of War, Chapter III, Offensive strategy)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Seek zeros!

February 28, 2016

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“Was? du suchst? du möchtest dich verzehnfachen, verhundertfachen? du suchst Anhänger? – Suche Nullen!”

(Götzen-Dämmerung, Sprüche und Pfeile, 14, 1889)

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What? You search? You would multiply yourself by ten, by a hundred? You seek followers? Seek zeros!

(Twilight of the Idols, Maxims and Arrows, 14, 1889)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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Art is long, life is short

February 14, 2016

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“Ὁ βίος βραχύς,
ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή,
ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς,
ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή,
ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.”

(Ἱπποκράτης, ΑΦΟΡΙΣΜΟΙ, ΤΜΗΜΑ ΠΡΩΤΟΝ, 1)

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“Vita brevis,
ars longa,
occasio praeceps,
experimentum periculosum,
iudicium difficile.”

(Hippocrates, Aphorismi 1.1)

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“Life is short,
art is long,
opportunity is fleeting,
experience is perilous,
decision is difficult.”

(Aphorismi, section one, 1)

Hippocrates, Greek physician and philosopher (c. 460 BCE – c. 370 BCE)

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