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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

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