"Emperors and kings have different ways of ceding their thrones; the Three Dynasties had different rules of succession. Those who went against the times and flouted custom were called usurpers; those who went with the times and followed custom were called companions of righteousness. Be quiet, be quiet, O Lord of the River! How could you understand anything about the gateway of nobility and meanness or the house of great and small?"Look at this from the personal level. A peculiar bloke like me has very quirky ways of doing a lot of things. While these methods and procedures may work for me, chances are they won't work for you! If you try to accomplish something utilizing my strange ways and you fail, whose fault is that?
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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