The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy's cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him. More than anything, you must be thinking of carrying your movement through to cutting him. You must thoroughly research this.

Your sword has no blade. It has only your intention. When that goes astray you have no weapon.

How can you add value? That is the purpose of additional thinking.

If you have two choices, choose the harder. If you're trying to decide whether to go out running or sit home and watch TV, go running. Probably the reason this trick works so well is that when you have two choices and one is harder, the only reason you're even considering the other is laziness.

Why not find a clever way to avoid the problem in its entirety?

We control the absolute future of the story.

Are you prepared to win?

That's the trust I'm trying to break in you. You are not safe. Ever.

If you only try to do what seems humanly possible, you will ask too little of yourself. When you imagine reaching up to some higher and inconvenient goal, all the convenient reasons why it is "not possible" leap readily to mind.

The most important role models are dreams: they come from within ourselves. To dream of anything less than what you conceive to be perfection, is to draw on less than the full power of the part of yourself that dreams.

What Einstein did isn't magic, people! If you all just looked at how he actually did it, instead of falling to your knees and worshiping him, maybe then you'd be able to do it too!

To walk this path, one must acquire abilities some consider to be… unnatural. I take a special joy in doing things that people call "humanly impossible", because it shows that I'm growing up.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

You are not obliged to complete the work, but neither are you free to evade it

You don't get to set the rules of the game, and if you try to play by different rules, you'll just lose.

If everybody was cowed by the simple fact that they can't succeed, then that one-in-a-million person who can succeed would never take their shot. So I was sure as hell going to take mine. But if the chance that one person can save the world is one in a million, then there had better be a million people trying.

The student programmer once said, "I get the feeling that the computer just skips over all the comments."

It's probably worth asking what your values are, and how best you can achieve them

Find shortcuts. Try to cheat. Call in the cavalry, if you can.

To find happiness, "the question you should be asking isn't 'What do I want?' or 'What are my goals?' but 'What would excite me?'"

"If it is stupid and it works, it's not stupid"

"find someone who is doing what you want to do better than you can do it and listen to them"

"Rule #0: Never follow the rules if they would result in a worse outcome."

Gradatim Ferociter - “step by step, ferociously,”

be badbrains as fuck

"So you want to be an idealist?", the book asked. "Very well, but what is your ideal?"

We hold the entire future of the universe in our hands. Is that not justification enough?

The world sure as hell isn't going to save itself.

part of the Player Character Code is that you don't give up when something seems impossible.

Fiat justitia—ruat caelum. “Do justice, and let the skies fall."

Your environment will eat your goals and plans for breakfast.

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