Spartan Code: Rules for Life – The Philosophy of Sparta
No retreat, no surrender, that is the Spartan law.
Rule No. 1
A Spartan never forgets who they are. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. When they say you can’t, then that only means you have to. Live by choice, not by change. Be motivated, not manipulated. Be useful, not used. Make changes, not excuses. Excel, not compete.
Rule No. 2
A Spartan pushes their mind and body to their limits. Obstacles are the test, they are put in your way to see if you’ll truly fight for what you want. A Spartan does not quit in the middle of a struggle, the Spartan does not ask how many enemies there are, but where they are. You should reach the limits of virtue before you cross the border of death.
Rule No. 3
A Spartan Masters their emotions. Spartans have fear, Spartans have doubts, and Spartans have worries, they just don’t let these feelings stop them.
Rule No. 4
A Spartan gives generously. It is not about being better than someone else, it is about being better than who you were the day before. The Spartans are the equal of any man when they fight as individuals. Fighting together as a collective, they surpass all other men. If you confer a benefit, never remember it. If you receive one, never forget it.
Rule No. 5
A Spartan lives every day like the last. Mental toughness is Spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication, it is fearlessness and it is love.
Rule No. 6
A Spartan proves themselves through actions, not with words. A Spartan woman as she handed her son his shield exhorted him saying as a warrior of Sparta “Come back with your Shield or on it”, there is no room for softness, not in Sparta. No place for weakness, only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans.
Rule No. 7
A Spartan knows their flaws, but they also know their strengths. There will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will be mistakes, there will be those who want to take everything from you, but with hard work, there will be success.
Rule No. 8
A Spartan stands up for what is right and what they believe in and prepares to face the costs. A Spartan acts with Integrity. There is no use for bravery unless justice is present, and no need for bravery if all men are just. Feel no fear before the multitude of men.
Rule No. 9
A Spartan learns continuously, rise up warriors, take your stand at one another’s side, our feet set wide and rooted like oaks in the ground. Learn to love death’s ink black shadow, as much as you love the light of dawn.
Rule No. 10
A Spartan leads. This is my shield, it protects my city. I will never let my brother out of its shadow, nor my city out of its shelter. I will die with my shield before me, facing the enemy. Son, remember your courage with each step.
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