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Weigh the strengths of the task, yourselves, Opponents, and allies before acting. Nothing is impossible for him Who knows his task and strength, and is well set. Ignorant of their strengths, Many in their zeal have perished midway. The inadaptable have speedy end Who boast unconcerned of their real strengths. Too great a load of even peacock-feathers Will break the axle-tree of the cart. Persisting to climb beyond the terminal branches of a tree Will forfeit one's life. Know the limit and grant with measure. This is the way to guard your treasure. No harm if income is narrow If outgoings are not broad. A life lived without adjustment to the means May seem to prosper but will perish. He who is generous beyond his means Will quickly lose the measure of his wealth.