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- The way is the beginning of all beings and the measure of right and wrong.
- from "The Way of the Ruler", Han Fei Tzu: Basic Writings, Columbia University Press, New York, 1996. Translated by Burton Watson.
- In dealing with those who share his bed, the enlightened ruler may enjoy their beauty but should not listen to their special pleas...
- from "The Eight Villanies", Han Fei Tzu: Basic Writings, Columbia University Press, New York, 1996. Translated by Burton Watson.
- To govern the state by law is to praise the right and blame the wrong.
- from "Having Regulations—A Memorandum" in The Complete Works of Han Fei Tzu, Volume I, Arthur Probsthain, London, 1939. Translated by W.K. Liao.
- Remote fountains are of little help to nearby fires.
- 遠水不救近火也。 from Han Fei Tzu Volume 22 (s:zh:韓非子#說林上第二十二)