„The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that's where it's at.“
— Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 a.C.
Meleager Frag. 523
— Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954
„More often than not, a hero’s most epic battle is the one you never see; it’s the battle that goes on within him or herself.“
— Kevin Smith American screenwriter, actor, film producer, public speaker and director 1970
„If God lets us have the grace of losing such a battle again, Your Majesty can count on all of his enemies being destroyed.“
— Claude Louis Hector de Villars Marshal General of France 1653 - 1734
Villars to Louis XIV after the Battle of Malplaquet, quoted in Anquetil, Louis-Pierre, Histoire de France depuis les Gaulois jusqu'à la mort de Louis XVI (1819), Paris: Chez Janet et Cotelle, p. 241.
„The battle is in our hands. And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. But we must keep going.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, How Long, Not Long (1965)
„We go to battle against the plutocratic and reactionary democracies of the west… This gigantic struggle is nothing other than a phase in the logical development of our revolution; it is the struggle of peoples that are poor but rich in workers against the exploiters who hold on ferociously to the monopoly off all the riches and all the gold of the earth…“
— Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
1940s, “Declaration of War on France and England,” Mussolini Speech on June 10, 1940
„It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 a.C.
Chapter III · Strategic Attack, 知彼知己，百戰不殆；不知彼而知己，一勝一負；不知彼，不知己，每戰必殆 Variant translations If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know not thy enemy nor yourself, wallow in defeat every time. Literal translation: Know [the] other, know [the] self, hundred battles without danger; not knowing [the] other but know [the] self, one win one loss; not knowing [the] other, not knowing [the] self, every battle must [be] lost.
„It's justice that He's bringing.
It's hidden inside a song.
No one's stuck in the middle…
the battle is already won.“
— Ysabella Brave American singer 1979
"Beautiful" (08 June 2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-F2ZYGty8
„Time, they say, must the best of us capture,
And travel and battle and gems and gold
No more can kindle the ancient rapture,
For even the youngest of hearts grows old.“
— John Buchan, book Prester John
Prester John (1910), Dedication
„One is the struggle, and in One name —
Manhood— we battle to set men free.
"Uncurse us the Land!" burn the words of the Dead,
— Voltairine de Cleyre American anarchist writer and feminist 1866 - 1912
Context: Bear it aloft, O roaring flame! Skyward aloft, where all may see. Slaves of the World! Our cause is the same; One is the immemorial shame; One is the struggle, and in One name — Manhood— we battle to set men free. "Uncurse us the Land!" burn the words of the Dead, Written-in-red. "Written-In-Red", last lines.
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546