Before undertaking a project, ponder what will be gained,
Lost and ultimately achieved.
There is nothing too difficult for a man who, before he acts,
Deliberates with chosen friends and reflects privately.
The wise never undertake an enterprise
Which rashly risks existing capitol to reach for potential profits.
Those who dread derision and disgrace
Will not commence a task that is unclear.
To strike out without a well-pondered plan
Is one way to cultivate an enemies' strength.
To do that which ought not to be done will bring ruin,
And not to do that which ought to be done will also bring ruin.
Embark upon an action after careful thought. It is folly to say,
"Let us begin the task now and think about it later."
Unless painstakingly performed, a task will not succeed
Even if men in multitudes support it.
Even in the performance of good deeds a man may error,
If he does not consider the recipient's unique nature.
Having reflected, let a man's actions lie above blame.
The world will never approve of acts which lie beneath him.
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