Han Xin Quotes
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People say, when all the rabbits have been hunted, the hunting dog will be killed and cooked; when all the swans flying in the sky have been shot down, the bow will be put away; when all the enemy states are conquered, the military counselors will be put to death. Now the whole realm has been brought under control, it is time that I should be killed.
Variant translation: It's really like people say, 'The rabbit is dead, the excellent hound is burned and killed; the high-flying birds are light, the excellent bows and arrows are collected; the enemy is shattered, and the courtiers die.' Now the world is Now the world is safe, I should have been killed!
When the flying birds are all gone, the good bow is laid aside; when the swift hare is dead, the running dog is cooked for dinner.
Variant translation: When the birds have vanished, the good bows are stored
To a bully who had humiliated him earlier in his life:This man is a hero. I could have killed him when he humiliated me — but then I would not have become famous. I endured humiliation so I could preserve myself for greater accomplishments in the future.