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In nothing at all should we put our trust. It is because foolish people are deeply trustful that they know hatred and anger.
Though you have power, do not trust in it. The strong perish anon. Though your treasures are many, do not trust in them. They are easily lost in a moment of time. Though you have talent, do not trust in it. Confucius himself was unsuited to his time. Though you have virtue, do not trust in it. Even Yen Hui was unfortunate. Do not either trust in the favour of princes. The death penalty comes quickly. Because you have servants in your train, do not trust them. They may rebel and run away. Do not trust either in the feelings of others. They will surely change. Do not trust in promises. Truth is rare.
If you put trust neither in yourself nor others, you will rejoice when good comes, and when evil comes you will not grieve.
If there is width to right and left, there is no obstruction. If there is distance before and behind, there is no confinement. In narrow spaces things are crushed and shattered.
When the mind is narrow and severe, we come into collision with things, and are broken in the conflict. When the mind is broad and gentle, not a hair is harmed.
Man is the spirit of the universe. The universe is without limits. How shall the nature of man differ therefrom? When it is great and open and infinite, joy and anger do not touch it, nor does it suffer at the hand of circumstance.
Kenko (AD 1283-1352) was a Japanese Priest and Poet