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A little about myself:

  • I have no ancestors; for Heaven and Earth are my ascendants.
  • I reside in no dwelling; for mindfulness is my shelter.
  • I am not tied to life nor death; for the flow of my breath signals my beginning and end.
  • I seek no divine power; for honesty is my divine power.
  • I manage no medium; for harmony is my medium.
  • There is no magic secret about me; for the noble eightfold path is my only magic secret.
  • I posses no corpse; endurance is my body.
  • I am not blind; the flash of lightning is my eyes.
  • I am not deaf; for common sense is my ears.
  • I posses no limbs; for swiftness is my limbs.
  • I harbor no tactics; for reason is my tactics.
  • I make no schemes; for my designs only seize opportunities.
  • I do not believe in miracles; for my actions are my miracles.
  • I do not have convictions; my absolute adaptability is my only conviction.
  • I own no stratagems; the void and the universe are my stratagems.
  • I claim no talent; for cunning is my talent.
  • I know no allies; my mind is my only ally.
  • I know no rival; absent-mind is my only nemesis.
  • I wear no armor; compassion and honor are my armor.
  • I hide in no cover; my determination is my cover.
  • I wield no sword; magnanimity is my sword.

To overcome the intelligent by folly is contrary to the natural order of things; to overcome the foolish by intelligence is in accord with the natural order. To overcome the intelligent by intelligence, however, is a matter of opportunity. -- Zhuge Liang

Good generals select intelligent officers, thoughtful advisors, and brave subordinates. They oversee their troops like a fierce tiger with wings. -- Zhuge Liang

Nothing is harder to see into than people's nature. The sage looks at subtle phenomena and listens to small voices. This harmonizes the outside with the inside and the inside with the outside. -- Zhuge Liang

Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win. -- Zhuge Liang

An enlightened ruler does not worry about people not knowing him; he worries about not knowing people. -- Zhuge Liang

Do the unexpected, attack the unprepared. -- Zhuge Liang

Detach from emotions and desires; get rid of any fixations. -- Zhuge Liang

The loss of any army is always caused by underestimating the enemy. Therefore gather information and watch the enemy carefully. -- Zhuge Liang

You are harmed by decadence when judgment is based on private views, when forces are mobilized for personal reasons. These generals are treacherous and immoral. -- Zhuge Liang

The five skills are skill in knowing the disposition and power of enemies, skill in knowing the ways to advance and withdraw, skill in knowing how empty or how full countries are, skill in knowing nature's timing and human affairs, and skill in knowing the features of terrain. -- Zhuge Liang

The four desires are desire for the extraordinary and unexpected in strategy, desire for thoroughness in security, desire for calm among the masses, and desire for unity of hearts and minds. -- Zhuge Liang

Opportunistic relationships can hardly be kept constant. The acquaintance of honorable people, even at a distance, does not add flowers in times of warmth and does not change its leaves in times of cold: it continues unfading through the four seasons, becomes increasingly stable as it passes through ease and danger. -- Zhuge Liang