Translated by Thomas Cleary 1988 ~ 172 pages
A Red Berry
Sometimes the red berries are found in unexpected books – even non-fiction books. I first read The Art of War over twenty years ago. I was surprised at all the red berries I found in the book. My favorite one is this:
“Plan for what it difficult while it is still easy, do what is great while it is still small. The most difficult things in the world must be done while they are still easy, the greatest things in the world must be done while they are still small. For this reason, sages never do what is great, and this is why they can achieve greatness.”
When I was a teacher, I posted a set of five sayings in my classroom as reminders of the foundational principles of teaching. This saying from Sun Tzu was one of them.
(Note to self: I really enjoyed teaching, My students were great.)