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Wisdom from the 6th century

Janet Foldvary Berkeley
Thursday December 27, 2001

Arms are an instrument of evil, 

No measure for thoughtful men 

Until there fail all other choice 

But sad acceptance of it. 

Triumph is not beautiful. 

The death of a multitude is cause for mourning: 

Conduct your triumph as a funeral. 

– Lao Tzu, c 6th century BCE 

(Translator: Witter Bynner) 


Janet Foldvary