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I come to you with only Karate, empty hands, I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong; then here are my weapons, Karate, my empty hands.
But because… the time we spend on earth is indeed short, I shall be forgiven for being concerned with one thing only, and since there is not enough time to bring down and capture this one thing, but only to hunt it, to pursue it with all one’s passion, my empty hands will not be smiled at or not more so than everyone else’s.
All the empty hands of all of us.
Ingeborg Bachmann, from “A Wildermuth” tr. Michael Bullock