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The use of the sword

Author: Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Every time a sword is taken from its sheath, it must be used. It may serve to open up a path, help someone, or brush aside danger – but a sword is capricious and does not like having its blade exposed for no reason.

This is why a warrior never makes threats. He may attack, defend himself, or retreat; each of these positions is part of the combat.

What is not part of the combat is wasting the force of a blow, by talking about it.

A warrior is always aware of the movements of his sword. But he must never forget that the sword pays attention to his movements, too.

It was not made to be used through words.

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