One should never wish for the accursed thing
Called enmity-even in jest.
Though you may incur the enmity of those who reap a livelihood by their
Bow do not provoke the hatred of those who sow and reap with their words.
A solitary man who provokes hatred from many
Is more of an idiot than lunatics are.
The world abides beneath the greatness
Of noble natured rulers who befriend their enemies.
Finding he faces two foes with no allies,
A lone man lures one to side with him.
When distress dawns, neither draw near nor depart from
New friends and foes-rather, leave them alone.
Never reveal your troubles to those who cannot comprehend them,
Nor expose your weaknesses to your enemies.
Engineer a plan, execute that plan well and ensure your security-
Thus is the vanity of foes forever vanquished.
Chop down a thorny tree while it is young.
Left to grow mature, it will cut the cutter's hand.
Those who fail to quell an acrimonious rival's conceits
Will be blown away by the mere fact he still breathes.
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