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One should never wish for the accursed thing Called enmity, even in jest. Make foes, if you must, with bowmen And never of men whose weapon is their tongue. It is worse than madness for one who has no allies, To make numerous enemies. The world is secure under one Whose nature can make friends of foes. While facing two foes, unaided and alone, Make one your friend. In times of crisis, be wary of joining or opposing any, Whether tested or untested. Keep your sorrows from strangers And your weakness from foes. Engineer, execute and defend. Thus keep the pride of your foes at bay. Cut a thorny shrub when young. Allowed to grow, it injures the hand that cuts. Those who can't crush the pride of defying foes Will cease to breathe long.