Thus, to understand a person, live with that person.
To understand a particular family, live with the family;
To understand a particular community, live with that community;
To understand a particular nation, live with that nation;
To understand the world, live with the world;
How can one live with the world?
By accepting it.
Chapter 54 0f Lao Zi’s Dao De Jing
Learning From All
When I am in the company of three persons, there is surely a teacher amongst them. I will learn from their strengths, and use their weaknesses as lessons to correct myself.
The Analects of Confucius, Chapter 7 verse 2
Treat Your People Well
Those who are near are pleased, those who are far away long to come.
The Analects of Confucius, Chapter 13 verse 16
The best leader governs without being known and felt by his subjects. The next best is a leader who is loved and praised. Next is a leader who is feared. The worst kind of leader is one who is despised. Such a leader does not trust his people, and they, in turn, are unfaithful to him. When the best ruler’s orders are accomplished successfully, his subjects will feel as though they have done so by themselves.
Chapter 17 of Lao Zi’s Dao De Jing
He (the general) who is capable, and not interfered by the ruler will win.
Sun Zhi Bingfa, line 3.49 of Chapter 3 on Strategic Attacks
Employ Strength Againsts Weakness
He is able to advance without resistance because he attacks areas that are the weaknesses of his enemy.
Sun Zhi Bingfa line 6.9 of Chapter 6 on Weakness and Strength