The man you must truly repay can never collect his debt.
Only a mother can understand what she suffers for her future child.
Blood is nothing. Heart and spirit make the sage.
Begging is for the guilty.
When an honest man says nothing, you see his heart.
What is locked behind the doors of the heart is no one’s business but one’s own.
To tame an animal, it must fear the raising of your hand.
The world is not kind to the weak and the guileless.
The truest of servants knows our needs better than we do.
The sage acts by doing nothing.
The better man does not sit in the dark with his woman and his jealousies. The better man stands erect and strong and finds a way to tilt the scales in his favor.
Tea house songs have a way of growing into fables.