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Recycled and Adapted – What is Best in Life?

InterrobangIn the 1982 movie, Conan the Barbarian, Conan is asked the question ‘What is best in life?‘ to which he answers with possibly the most famous quote from the movie…

…to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women.

When I first heard that I thought it was pretty cool and pretty badass but then again it was Conan and he was after all a barbarian.  Not any barbarian mind you he was the barbarian so you’d expect him to be pretty badass.

I was later told that it wasn’t in fact an original quote written by either the author or by the screenwriter who adapted the book for the screen nor was it the director’s work or an ad lib by Arnold Schwarzenegger before he became the governator.  I was informed that it was lifted from the writings of Sun Tzu ancient Chinese author of the Art of War. Continue reading


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