But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword. as a mortal, i was never a great fighter or athlete or poet. i only made wine. the people in my village laughed at me. they said i would never amount to anything. look at me now. sometimes small things can become very large indeed.
Just as the education of nerve and sinew is vital to the excellent athlete and education of the mind is vital to the scholar, education of the conscience is vital to the truly proactive, highly effective person. training and educating the conscience, however, requires even greater concentration, more balanced discipline, more consistently honest living. it requires regular feasting on inspiring literature, thinking noble thoughts and, above all, living in harmony with its still small voice.
The athlete who is building muscles though weight training should be very sure to work adequately on speed and flexibility at the same time. In combat, without the prior attributes, a strong man will be like the bull with its colossal strength futilely pursuing the matador or like a low-geared truck chasing a rabbit.
I'm not advocating the strenuous life for everyone or trying to say it's the choice form of life. anyone who's had the luck or misfortune to be an athlete has to keep his body in shape. the body and mind are closely coordinated. fattening of the body can lead to fattening of the mind. i would be tempted to say that it can lead to fattening of the soul, but i don't know anything about the soul.
A powerful athlete is not a strong athlete, but one who can exert his strength quickly. Since power equals force times speed, if the athlete learns to make faster movements he increases his power, even though the contractile pulling strength of his muscles remains unchanged. Thus, a smaller man who can swing faster may hit as hard or as far as the heavier man who swings slowly.