Therefore, the best soldier says,
“Be served before serving,”
“Retreat before advancing.”

Look your enemy in the eye, but make no move.
Roll up your sleeves, but clench no fist.
Prepare for battle, but carry no weapon.

Call your enemy evil, and who is loving?
Call your enemy weak, and who is humble?
Call your enemy to battle, and who is moderate?

On the day of fighting,
The best soldier remembers to yield.