I’m pretty sure that’s John Dryden, and not a Chinese aphorism. I learned it years ago when Tom Clancy quoted Dryden at the beginning of one of his novels. (I can’t remember which — but I think it was one of his revenge-minded tales like “Without Remorse” or “Debt of Honor.”) Strangely enough, Goodreads has the quote falsely attributed to Clancy himself.
But it works. Well done, Fortune Cookie People.
The other one I got advised me, “Do not build your happiness on others’ sorrow.” That sounds like good advice to me — and it’s a bit more high-minded than Dryden’s warning.
I had plenty of Hasbro’s “G.I. Joe” vehicles; the “Tomahawk” and the “Rattler” were easily my favorites. I assiduously protected all of those detachable missiles and bombs. I might have been a spacey kid in a lot of ways, but I was positively O.C.D. where ordnance was concerned.
God, these toys were fun. Look at that red-clad Cobra pilot. His outfit just screams “evil.” His codename was “Wild Weasel.” I suppose that might be confusing to people who actually know something about military aircraft — “Wild Weasels” were real-life Vietnam-era U.S. fighter jets designed to target Soviet surface-to-air missiles. (The only reason I know that is because they were featured in Tom Clancy’s retro “Debt of Honor.”)
The affable-looking Joe pilot had correspondingly affable name — “Lift Ticket.”