- The way is the beginning of all beings and the measure of right and wrong.
- from "The Way of the Ruler", Han Fei Tzu: Basic Writings, Columbia University Press, New York, 1996. Translated by Burton Watson.
- In dealing with those who share his bed, the enlightened ruler may enjoy their beauty but should not listen to their special pleas...
- from "The Eight Villanies", Han Fei Tzu: Basic Writings, Columbia University Press, New York, 1996. Translated by Burton Watson.
- To govern the state by law is to praise the right and blame the wrong.
- from "Having Regulations—A Memorandum" in The Complete Works of Han Fei Tzu, Volume I, Arthur Probsthain, London, 1939. Translated by W.K. Liao.
- Remote fountains are of little help to nearby fires.