Friday, May 07, 2010

Wise Words From Orson Scott Card

Jeremiah Smith sent me this quote from Orson Scott Card's Empire, which I found alarmingly applicable to my own pursuits:

"If you always behave rationally, then reason becomes the leash by which your enemy pulls you. Yet if you knowingly make irrational decisions, have you not betrayed your own ability? The battlefield is not a place for actors, playing the role of this or that style of commander, for you can always imitate a worse commander, but never a better one. You must be yourself, even if your enemy comes to know your weaknesses, for you cannot pretend to have personal abilities and traits that you do not have."


Blogger TheGraveWolf said...

I'm going to drool on that post for awhile. Soften it up some for some chewing. Perhaps accompanied by a fine glass of mulled wine.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Spencetron said...

Amazingly applicable to so many professions...maybe not doctors...but so many professions.

7:22 AM  
Blogger KermyFrag said...

Wow, that's one heck of a quote!

7:04 PM  
Blogger 81Trucolors said...

Best post in a while. I may attempt to imitate.

11:22 AM  

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