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    smaller or greater

    Would you please paraphrase the following more easily?

    One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
    ---Leonardo da Vinci

    I think I'm familiar with sayings like "there's no greater mastery (or conquering) than mastery (conquering) of oneself." But the above is confusing.

    Thank you.

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    Re: smaller or greater

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    But the above is confusing.
    You're not alone. Let's see what others think.

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    Re: smaller or greater

    Leonardo appears to be trying to present wisdom in the form of an apparent paradox.

    However, one could consider mastery of oneself as the smallest mastery there can be; if one cannot master onself, one cannot begin to master anything beyond oneself. On the other hand, complete mastery of oneself is such an enormously difficult task that one could consider it to be greater than all others.

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    Re: smaller or greater

    It's a big help.

    Many thanks.

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