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I recently finished the fictional book – Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke. It’s a little powerful book propounding on the ethos (in my opinion) every single person on earth should live by.

Originally written in 1483, as a letter, by Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke of Cornwall to his children before his demise at the Battle of Slaughter Bridge, it was later compiled by Ethan Hawke into 20 rules (chapters) for a knight and published recently.

Here I will share 10 of my favorite’s aphorisms from the book. I love aphorism because of its inherent nature – pithy, and yet convey a lot meaning:

I.   Never announce that you are a knight, simply behave as one. You are better than no one, and no one is better than you.

II.  Anything that gives light must endure burning.

III. Remember, it is possible that it is not the sun that goes down; perhaps it is the earth that turns. No one is really sure, but one fact is clear: things are not always as they seem.

IV. Seek pleasure and you will quickly discover the shortest path to suffering

V. There is no such thing as a free gold brooch.

VI. A knight does not […] condemn things that he does not understand.

VII.Never make a big decision without walking a mile.

VIII.The Golden Rule!

IX. Beware of feigning affection; it is never necessary. You show others the most respect by being truthful, not by trying to please them.

X. Life is a long series of farewells; only the circumstances should surprise us. A knight concerns himself with gratitude for the life he has been given. He does not fear death, for the work one knight begins, others finish.

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