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Good Words for a Friday in the Rain (7)

 Recently, while on vacation, I read the ancient book of strategic wisdom called "The Art of War." If you have not read it, don't be deceived by the title.

These few Good Words, quoted here, reminds us that wrath can return no true joy. It is always superior to win over hearts with kindness and wisdom, than destroy.

Those you do battle with may be on your side. The wise person will illuminate that which makes you one.

Shine It Forward...



For more "Good Words" Click Here to see others that make up this series.

Comment balloon 19 commentsCraig Schiller • May 18 2007 06:01AM


Ancient Chinese secret?

War is hell.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) over 13 years ago

Craig you always manage to spiritually uplift us and remind us poignantly to be the best people we can be.

Thank you for that!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 13 years ago
Craig, you know you've won over my heart with your KINDNESS & HUMOR!  Keep Shining!
Posted by Marci Toliver, Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging (438-4642) over 13 years ago


I've heard that book is really good. Thanks for sharing.


Posted by John Caylor, Post Falls, ID Mortgages (Infinity Financial Group) over 13 years ago

It shows that the war best won is the war in our hearts and minds....

Not in numbers or real estate........


Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 13 years ago

John... it is NOT an easy read. But the funny thing is it kinda "steeps" like a cup of tea.

When I went back to the book to get thsi quote... as I read it became clearer.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago

Craig.... just the quote alone by SunTzu makes complete sense. Certainly sounds like a lot of wisdom. Thanks for sharing this.

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Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 13 years ago
Craig, I so appreciate these "Good Words for A Friday in the Rain" posts!  In regard to the subject of this post, I had checked out the book, "The Art of War" several years ago.  Some very deep & insightful material.  It was interesting to read in a business journal recently that there seems to be a transition occurring from Chinese philosophy in business to Indian.  You seem to have covered both in your Friday posts!
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 13 years ago

Thanks, Craig, for sharing your thoughts with us. I couldn't agree with you more.

Have a fantastic weekend!










Posted by Julia Fedak, IRIS, CSP (Platinum Home Designs ) over 13 years ago

I'm surprised someone hasn't made a Bumper Sticker out of that one!

 Very thought provoking!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 13 years ago


Great Post, I love your insignt and wisdom!

I'm always amazed at the diversity of your blogs, thank you!

Posted by Penny Schoenbeck, AZ Home Styling (AZ Home Styling & Redesign) over 13 years ago
This says to me that conscious decisions before acting is greater than reacting. Hmmm, good one Craig and timely.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 13 years ago
Craig - It's Friday!  I gave this book to my son for Christmas.  SunTsu articulated the importance of using power wisely. His words echo:  "Use not your troops unless there is something to be gained...No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen...A kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.  Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful and the good general full of caution.  This is the way to keep a country at peace and an army intact."  Timely for the the present day World at War.  Pray for our troops.  
Posted by Margaret Ann Innis, Real Estate Staging - MA & NH (Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging ) over 13 years ago
Craig - I am starting to mark the week by your words of wisdom series.  They put me in the right frame of mind for the chaos of the weekend.  
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 13 years ago

Good thought to end this week here on AR's staging forums and the "battles" that raged within.  

Let's strive to be the Victorious Warriors on the staging battlefront. Together we're quite a force to be reckoned with.

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) over 13 years ago
Amen ;)
Posted by Lori Kim Polk, Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento ( Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services) over 13 years ago


Winners never pick battles. We wait for the battle to pick US :)

This post reminded me of a quote I once read...

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you" (Eric Hoffer)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago
Craig, nice post, but are you just having a service put these together for you or are you doing all this by yourself?  Thanks...
Posted by David L. Britt, MBA (Platinum Realty, LLC) over 13 years ago

I'm new to Real Estate and I really enjoy your posts. You have a lot of info out there. congrats on hitting 100K!



Posted by Ray Delao (Home Foundations LLC) over 13 years ago