"Why must I conquer, you ask? War makes clear. Life or Death. Freedom or Bondage. War strikes the sediment from the water of life."
"What is practicality but one moment betrayed for the next?"
"...and my soldiers, they say, make idols of their swords. But does not the sword make certain? Does not the sword make plain? Does not the sword compel kindness from those who kneel in its shadow? I need no other god."
"I returned from that campaign a far different man, or so my mother continuously complained. "Now only the dead," she would tell me, "can hope to match your gaze.""
"If war does not kill the woman in us, it kills the man."
"...conquered peoples live and die with the knowledge that survival does not suffer honor. They have chosen shame over the pyre, the slow flame for the quick."
"A beggar's mistake harms no one but the beggar. A king's mistake, however, harms everyone but the king. Too often, the measure of power lies not in the number who obey your will, but in the number who suffer your stupidity."
"The bondage we are born into is the bondage we cannot see. Verily, freedom is little more than the ignorance of tyranny. Live long enough, and you will see: Men resent not the whip so much as the hand that wields it."
- ↑ Encyclopedic Glossary, p. 456, 'Journals and Dialogues'
- ↑ The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 5, p. 101
- ↑ The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 11, p. 228
- ↑ The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 19, p. 410
- ↑ The Thousandfold Thought, Chapter 4, p. 69
- ↑ The Thousandfold Thought, Chapter 15, p. 303
- ↑ The Judging Eye, Chapter 7, p. 162
- ↑ The Judging Eye, Chapter 9, p. 208
- ↑ The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 3, p. 56