Taoteching 31

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The apprentice Gabhopper asked, "M'Lady Xena, hat do you think of this proverb: 'Happy is the city that thinks of war in times of peace?'"

"Wise is the woman who immerses herself in military lore," answered the Warrior Princess. "But make no mistake, dear disciple. Happiness has nothing to do with it. Combat is the worst experience man has ever subjected himself to. The tragedy is that combat is something man will never cease inflicting on himself."

"What of these vainglorious thrill-seekers, m'Lady, who claim to love warfare?"

"They are either lying and have never tasted combat, or their mind has failed them."

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