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Reinhold Niebuhr on surrendering who you are

Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Arsène Wenger on himself

In an interview with L’Equipe Sport & Style magazine, Wenger was asked:

“Dans votre relation au présent, au match, le manager se sent-il investi d’un pouvoir presque mystique ? Vous êtes le créateur de votre équipe, de son style de jeu, de sa stratégie.”

(Translation: In your relationship to the present, the match, does the manager [you] feel invested with an almost mystical power? You are the creator of your team, playing style, [and] strategy.)

To which he replied:

Religieusement, on dit que Dieu a créé l’homme. Moi, je ne suis qu’un accompagnateur. Je permets aux autres d’exprimer ce qu’ils ont en eux. Je n’ai rien créé. Je suis un facilitateur de ce qu’il y a de beau en l’homme. Je me définis comme un optimiste. Mon combat perpétuel dans ce métier, c’est de sortir ce qu’il y a de beau en l’homme. On peut à ce niveau-là me dépeindre comme un naïf. En même temps, ça me permet d’y croire et ça me donne souvent raison.

(Translation: In religion, it is said that God created man. I am only a guide. I allow others to express what they have in them. I have not created anything. I am a facilitator of what is beautiful in man. I define myself as an optimist. My constant battle in this business is to get out there is beautiful in man. We can at this level portray me as naive. At the same time, it allows me to believe it and it often gives me reason.)
Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager

“Je suis un facilitateur de ce qu’il y a de beau en l’homme.”
I am only a facilitator of what is beautiful in man.

Wow. Can I be Arsène Wenger when I grow up? (And doesn’t the man look might fine in those outfits too.)

Full interview here: Arsène Wenger, L’humaniste (and a translation on Arseblog here)

(Translations on this page are mainly from Google Translate)

Epictetus on purpose

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus

Marcus Aurelius on being a good person

Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be. Be one.
Marcus Aurelius

T.S.Eliot on going too far

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S.Eliot

Anne Rice on what she learned from Franz Kafka

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Anne Rice, on the impression Franz Kafka made on her.

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