Gorean Warrior Codes

Don’t you bully me with your politeness! Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?

– Pi Patel, from the book, “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel.

Know those who are free, and honor their freedom.

– Third Maxim of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Q: What is a Warrior’s greatest enemy?
A: That foe which slips in undetected, poisoning him: an undecided mind.

– 9th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Learn to strike from the position of no position.
Learn to fight in the stance of no stance.
Learn to make war in the formation of no formation.
In this way, you are always prepared to do what must be done.

– 12th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Do not fix your concentration upon a single object, action or goal.
Be as expansive as the wind, as flexible as the reed, as fluid as Thassa.
To be otherwise is to limit oneself to dire predictability.

– 16th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Only a clean weapon can kill cleanly.
Only a calm mind can act swiftly.

– 18th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

A Warrior may respond to the rightful challenge
of another Warrior in one of two ways:
He may yield all, or he may answer with steel.
Woe be it to any who yields all!
A collar of iron awaits him one day.

– 23rd Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

If a Warrior draws the life blood of an enemy Warrior, and that blood is foul with cowardice, let him grind it into the dust! Any foe who has shed his blood upon your steel and yet lives, but whose blood nobly brightens your blade without sullying it, is your brother…Let a sword-bond exist between you henceforth.

– 26th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

A sword-brother is no less a brother than the other sons of your father.

– 27th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

A fool is not brave; he is a fool. Pride is not honor. Let the true Warrior be wise enough to know the truth of this.

– 29th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

The sword which can be bought is not worth owning.

– 39th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

It is wisdom to know others; it is Mastery to know oneself. The Master of men is powerful; the Master of himself is greater. Endurance is to live long and die; Mastery is to die and not perish.

– 41st Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Victory is a state of being, which begins as a state of mind. The one cannot help but follow the other.

– 44th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Alive, a warrior is supple and flexible. In death, he becomes unbending and stiff. So too do all things which live. To become inflexible is to die.

– 45th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

When you challenge a Warrior, you challenge his steel. Give him his steel or do not challenge him.

– 47th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

His hands move, his lips speak, his eyes blaze! Look upon him! He is an island of strength…he is Master of his own destiny.

-49th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Let a Warrior cast his spear mightily, that it might fly far from him, and let him witness how far away from him it lands. Mark that distance well…for within it lies all that he may truly control, while beyond it lies the dominion of others.

– 51st Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Only a fool seeks fire and looks for it with a lighted torch.

– 59th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Q: What is the most valuable thing?
A: The courage of a Warrior, for no one can name its price.

– 60th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

The body knows what the mind cannot… the true Warrior allows his body to function under stress without the hindrances of interfering thought. His is the state of mind that is mind, yet no mind… the blade flashes, the spirit knows, the body reacts. Let the mind float free, that it may consider such things as tactics and strategy. To do otherwise is to suffer defeat.

– 67th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

The true warrior does not seek to enslave that which is by its nature free. That which lives free shall die free. That which is not free will suffer the chains of its own slavery.

– 70th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

What are the noblest virtues of the Warrior? Courage to stand and boldness to strike, in obedience to the dictates of honor.

-73rd Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Battle is as a blood red cloud wherein hides glory and dishonor. Let the true Warrior emerge from it cloaked in the first, and unstained by the second.

– 83rd Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

In combat, as when marching, a Warrior will tread with both of his feet evenly, never favoring the one above the other. He will strike with both of his hands with equal force, never favoring the one above the other. He will see equally well with both of his eyes, never favoring the one above the other. Is it not folly to waste one-half of that which makes you a Warrior?

– 89th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

There is no defense strong enough to resist a decided mind. There is no attack powerful enough to defeat an indominable will.

-90th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Be aware of your masculine nature; but by understanding the feminine way, you shall be to the world like a deep pool, wherein strength forever abides.

– 94th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Be aware of your glory and honor; but in freely admitting all shame that comes to you, you shall be to the world as a valley, wherein virtue forever purifies you.

– 95th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

Let those who would be of the Warriors strive to understand this, the sum of all things:
Lightning flashes, Sparks shower!
In one blink of an eye You have missed seeing.
To tread the sharp edge of a sword
To run on smooth-frozen ice
One needs no footsteps to follow.
Walk over the cliff with hands free.
To a true Warrior,
All is nothing, nothing is all.

-98th Aphorism of the Gorean Warrior Code.

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~ by revolutionwithin on April 24, 2009.

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