Farnam’s Code: Words to Live By

By John Farnam

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Farnam’s Code: Words to Live By
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- After the last Quip, many have asked about “Farnam’s Code.”

With the assistance of much ancient wisdom, here it is:

In your speech:

Be clear, brief, and speak in complete sentences. Get to your point quickly. In this world, the only thing more boring than someone who won’t come to the point, is someone who keeps talking after he’s made his point!

In your relations:

Be relentlessly trustworthy and honest. Where there is trust, no proof is necessary. Where there is none, no proof is possible, and “getting it in writing” won’t make much difference!

In your presentation:

Be modest and humble. Boasters and braggarts are a bore and never make themselves welcome!

In your conflicts:

Show respect to all, but grovel before none. Be prepared to do what is true, good, and right, even when it is not understood, nor popular!

In your work:

Be of good service. Live to advance your Art. Seek to do more than merely occupy space. Civilization needs to benefit from your presence!

In yourself:

Don’t pretend. Confront facts, even ugly ones, squarely and honestly. Don ’t con your friends, and don’t con yourself! “Dream worlds” are always anguished and short-lived.

In your struggle:

Confront the fact that you are less than perfect! Strive to minimize your blemishes. Against your last day, make sure your flaws die before you do!

In your death:

Be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear, so that when their time comes, they weep and whine, because they are unacquainted with the True Way and have no hope. Sing your Death Song only once, then step across the Great Divide, never looking back- like a hero… going home.


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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Mark Preston

This is the reason for the above:
Rursus prosperum ac felix scelus virtus vocatur; sontibus parent boni, ius est in armis, opprimit leges timor.

– Seneca the Younger

Richard Spaulding

Tecumseh, the famous Shawnee leader (1768-1813) is quoted to have said: So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even… Read more »


Much of this code is very similar to the martial arts training I received in south-east Asia.

Andy Phillips


Clark Kent

I believe Mr. Farnam is a modest man with much to be modest about…….

Stephen Midlam

Many of these precepts are biblical. This explains and illuminates their enduring qualities.

Hale Hilsabeck

Mr. Farnam – from your Code of behavior, it sounds like you and I would get along pretty well. My background is in a different area of self defense, but the principles – at least, in my mind – are the same. Hope I have the opportunity to shake your hand one of these days.


My proudest day at work was when my boss said to me:
“You are awfully plain spoken and Direct. ”
My reply was, “That way no one mistakes what I mean, what I want and what I think.”
I was in management.
So this fits me to a “T”;
“Be clear, brief, and speak in complete sentences. Get to your point quickly”


Thank you.