And how do I know that the hate of death is not like a man who has lost his home when young and does not know where his home is to return to?
By reinforcing every part, he weakens every part.
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.
If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.
It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.
Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him.
She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.
The best fighter is never angry.