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Consultant of the Fachia, or Legalist, college of philosophy, the writings of Han Fei Tzu (280?-233 B.C.) confront the problems of conserving and strengthening the kingdom. His classes stay well timed as students proceed to envision the character and use of strength. Burton Watson presents a brand new preface and a invaluable advent.

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Asked the duke. “ It cannot compare to the pure chih mode,” replied Master K ’uang. ” asked the duke, but Master K ’uang replied, “That is impossible! Those in ancient times who listened to the pure chih mode were all rulers of virtue and righteousness, but you, my lord, are still deficient in virtue. ” “Music is the only thing I delight in,” said Duke P ’ing. ” Master K’uang, unable to refuse, took up the lute and began to play. As he played through the first section of the music, twice times eight black cranes appeared from the south and gathered on the ridgepole of the gallery gate.

4 WJmt do I mean by longing for the sound of music? l* mK rtK°> Duke Ling [r. ] of W ei was on his way |m tin* Mate of Chin, and when he reached the banks of the t*n Hivrr, he unhitched his carriages, turned his horses loose in and set up camp for the night. In the middle of the Hlghi he heard someone playing a strange piece of music that ph tiM'tl him greatly, but when he sent a man to question his * h«'m IhiUs about it, they all replied that they heard nothing. I h> lummoned his music master Chuan and said, "Someone is phiylng a strange piece of music, hut when I sent to ask my uHHidnnts, they all replied they could hear nothing.

Hence I say: To behave in a mnl willlul manner and show no courtesy to the other tUl lords is the way to bring about your downfall. 4 WJmt do I mean by longing for the sound of music? l* mK rtK°> Duke Ling [r. ] of W ei was on his way |m tin* Mate of Chin, and when he reached the banks of the t*n Hivrr, he unhitched his carriages, turned his horses loose in and set up camp for the night. In the middle of the Hlghi he heard someone playing a strange piece of music that ph tiM'tl him greatly, but when he sent a man to question his * h«'m IhiUs about it, they all replied that they heard nothing.

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