Winning without fighting

The supreme Art of War is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c. 500 BCE The Art of War is one of those books that I’ve known about for decades: and for decades have been intending to read. I am sure I even have a copy somewhere. But I…

— such is my idea of happiness

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such…