When many work together for a goal, great things may be accomplished. It is said a lion cub was killed by a single colony of ants.
It may be doubtful, at first, whether a person is an enemy or friend. Meat, if not properly digested, becomes poison; but poison, if used rightly, may turn medicinal.
An excellent man, like precious metal,
Is in every way invariable;
A villain, like the beams of a balance,
Is always varying, upwards and downwards.
A wise man guides his own course of action;
The fool follows another’s direction,
When an old dog barks, the others run,
And this for no reason at all.
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one’s own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
By depending on the great,
The small may rise high.
See: the little plant ascending the tall tree
Has climbed to the top.