A crow can overcome a powerful owl in the daytime.
A king desiring to defeat his enemy must pick the proper time.
A man may firmly bind himself to prosperity
By the cord called timely action.
Is there any task too difficult for the man who acts
At the right time and employs the proper means?
One may aim to acquire the whole world and succeed,
If actions are aimed at the right time and place.
Those who aim to own the world
Must wait, unruffled, for the fitting hour.
The patient restraint of the powerful man is like the drawing back
Of the fighting ram before it smites the stunning blow.
When angered, men of understanding never show it outwardly then and
There. Holding it inside, they watch for an opportune moment.
Bow humbly when greeting an enemy.
His own head will bow humiliated when in time he greets defeat.
When a rare opportunity comes, do not hesitate,
But swiftly accomplish tasks that are otherwise impossible.
There are times to stay still as a stalking heron.
There are times to move swiftly as a heron's strike.
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