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Friday, November 19, 2010

Lawrence: Seven Pillars Of Wisdom


...And how would the Turks defend all that? No doubt by a trench line across the bottom, if we came like an army with banners; but suppose we were (as we might be) an influence, an idea, a thing intangible, invulnerable, without front or back, drifting about like a gas? Armies were like plants, immobile, firm-rooted, nourished through long stems to the head. We might be a vapour, blowing where we listed. Our kingdoms lay in each man's mind; and as we wanted nothing material to live on, so we might offer nothing material to the killing. It seemed a regular soldier might be helpless without a target, owning only what he sat on, and subjugating only what, by order, he could poke his rifle at...

-- T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom


...In 1946, in a conversation with General Raoul Salan of France, Giap reportedly informed him, "My fighting gospel is T.E. Lawrence's 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'. I am never without it."

... Lawrence noted ... "Rebellions can be made by 2 per cent active in a striking force and 98 per cent passively sympathetic."


-- from Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam's Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

Maybe bookmarking Pillars and reading it over time would be a good idea.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Brass said...

A bit of advice from Lawrence's "Seven Pillars."

"Pray God that men reading the story will not, for love of the glamour of strangeness, go out to prostitute themselves and their talents in serving another race."

The 97% of Americans who don't believe in freedom are of "another race," insofar as their culture, their mindset, and their habits are utterly foreign to our own.

November 19, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Heh heh heh.

Lawrence said 2%.

How 'bout we be the twopers?

Joke.

Thanks much for the link.

Justin
II% :-)

November 20, 2010 at 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another version, in .txt format, is available from:

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100111.txt


-- G
III

November 21, 2010 at 12:02 AM  

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