'Condemned to a hard life on earth, you would have had no time, I warrant, for brooding over death. Again, how did you yourself come to occupy this throne? By a series of successive reigns and removals, until at last your turn came. And are you alone going to weep and lament over this order of things? That is pure selfishness. it was the sight of these two objects -- a self-centered prince and his fawning attendants -- that set me quietly laughing to myself just now.'~ Go here to read the introductory post to the chapters of the Book of Lieh Tzu.
Duke Ching felt much ashamed. Raising his goblet, he fined himself one cup, and his obsequious courtiers two cups of wine apiece.
~ Lionel Giles translation via Terebess Asia Online