An excellent, and appropriately succinct collection of the greats (Basho, Buson, and Issa) and some other noteworthy ones at the end. Basho's haiku arAn excellent, and appropriately succinct collection of the greats (Basho, Buson, and Issa) and some other noteworthy ones at the end. Basho's haiku are the most beautiful and delicate:
With a warbler for a soul, it sleeps peacefully, this mountain willow.
This dark autumn old age settles down on me like heavy clouds or birds
Come out to view the truth of flowers blooming in poverty
Chilling autumn rains curtain Mount Fuji, then make it more beautiful to see
With dewdrops dripping, I wish somehow I could wash this perishing world.
Even these long days are not nearly long enough for skylarks to sing
Summer grasses: all that remains of great soldiers' imperial dreams
Singing, planting rice, village songs more lovely than famous city poems
Your song caresses the depth of loneliness, O high mountain bird
Tremble, oh my gravemound, in time my cries will be only this autumn wind
Basho's death poem
Sick on my journey, only my dreams will wander these desolate moors
A lightning flash-- the sound of water drops falling through bamboo
In a bitter wind a solitary monk bend to words cut in stone
Utter aloneness-- another great pleasure in autumn twilight
Pure white plum blossoms slowly begin to turn the color of dawn
Issa's poignant and somewhat remorseful:
Before I arrived, who were the people living here? Only violets remain.
And the others at the end are great:
Since morning glories hold my well-bucket hostage, I beg for water. - Chiyo (1701-75)
Divine mystery in these autumn leaves that fall on stony buddhas - Sogetsuni
So very still, even cherry blossoms are not stirred by the temple bell - Fuhaku (1714-1807)...more
Fascinating--great fundamentals about tactics and strategy. I especially liked the section on spies and how crucial they are to waging war successfullFascinating--great fundamentals about tactics and strategy. I especially liked the section on spies and how crucial they are to waging war successfully....more
p. 7 "The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his inp. 7 "The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both." -James Michener
p. 9 Leo Tolstoy "A Talk Among Leisured People," "...work, not idleness, is the indispensable condition of happiness for every human being."
p. 21 "A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities." -Charles de Gaulle (see also Rom 5:3-4)
p. 39 "Work is love made visible. Kahil Gibran, The Prophet
p. 53 "Work should, in fact, be thought of as a creative activity undertaken for the love of the work itself; and that man, made in God's image, should make things, as God made them, for the sake of doing well a thing that is well worth doing.... Work is the natural exercise and function of man--the creature who is made in the image of his Creator." -Dorothy L. Sayers, "Why Work?"
p. 57 "When confronted with a decision, we allow a 2-week maximum for arriving at a decision. We approach the process as follows: 1. State the problem 2. Get the advice and opinions of others 3. List the alternatives 4. Choose the best alternative 5. Act Yes, this process must be bathed in prayer. But a daily walk with God should provide confidence in moving ahead quickly with most decisions....more
Did not finish, got about 1/3rd of the way through. It was an interesting account, but I found the Generalship of Alexander the Great was much more acDid not finish, got about 1/3rd of the way through. It was an interesting account, but I found the Generalship of Alexander the Great was much more accessible and rich in context, whereas Arrian assumes a lot of basic understanding I didn't have....more
This book does an excellent job setting the context, by giving relevant Greek and Macedonian history, a good overview of Phillip's reign, shrewd politThis book does an excellent job setting the context, by giving relevant Greek and Macedonian history, a good overview of Phillip's reign, shrewd politicking and development of an unsurpassed army. I wish I would have read at least the introductory part of this book before commencing Arrian's narrative....more