If the people are victorious against the government, the nation will be weak; if the government is victorious against the people, the military will have strength. [thus they] will have the means by which they may fight, and thus ascend to supremacy.

— Shang Yang

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He who prides himself an extraordinary person by his deeds is rejected by the world; he who has independent ideas is hated by the mass.

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... he who has independent ideas is hated by the mass[es].

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The stupid don't even understand something that happened long ago, the wise understand it before it develops.

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