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In the world there is the spirit of righteousness, taking many forms, bestowed on the ever-changing things. 

Below they are the rivers and mountains; above they are the sun and stars.

With people it is called the spirit of honor and fearlessness, so vast it fills the universe.

When the empire is tranquil one pours forth harmony in the splendid court. 

When times are extreme true fidelity is seen, and goes down in history case after case. 

[ except from Wen Tianxiang of the Song dynasty - The Song of the Spirit of Righteousness - written in captivity after capture by the Mongol Kublai Khan. For five years he steadfastly refused to surrender and change sides. He was finally executed. ]

#righteous #loyalty #china
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Life is like unto a long journey with a heavy burden. Let thy step be slow and steady, that thou stumble not. Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the lot of natural mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair. When ambitious desires arise in thy heart, recall the days of extremity thou hast passed through. Forbearance is the root of all quietness and assurance forever. Look upon the wrath of thy enemy. If thou only knowest what it is to conquer, and knowest not what it is to be defeated; woe unto thee, it will fare ill with thee. Find fault with thyself rather than with others. - Tokugawa Ieyasu

#patience #calmness #shogun
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