Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back or a fool from any side
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
“I come to you with only empty hands, I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honour, should it be a matter of life and death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons, my empty hands.”
“A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”
“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”
“You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.”