Well then, my boy, develop your strategy
So that prizes in games won’t elude your grasp.
Strategy makes a better woodcutter than strength.
Strategy keeps a pilot’s ship on course
When crosswinds blow it over the wine-blue sea.
And strategy wins races for charioteers.
One type of driver trusts his horses and car
And swerves mindlessly this way and that,
All over the course, without reining his horses.
But a man who knows how to win with lesser horses
Keeps his eye on the post and cuts the turn close,
And from the start keeps tension on the reins
With a firm hand as he watches the leader.
– The Iliad, Homer 9th Cent. BC