Thursday, 9 June 2016
-Poul Anderson, War Of The Gods (Tor Books, New York, 1999), p. 24.
It cannot be helped but Poul Anderson writes about periods in which powerful men were motivated by greed and rage.
"To us, their behavior seems insanely egoistic..."
-Poul Anderson, Hrolf Kraki's Saga (Ballantine books, New York, 1973), p. xx.
They needed some Taoist wisdom:
"Two sages can share a blanket; two Emperors cannot share a kingdom."
"A rich man thinks of his estates; a wise man thinks of the universe."
"He who conquers others is mighty; he who conquers himself is mightier." (See here. It seems that I have misremembered the quote but I prefer my wording.)