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"M'Lady," asked the apprentice Gabhopper, "how can we, numbering in our thousands, hope to prevail against our enemies numbering in their tens of thousands?"

Xena, the Warrior Princess, said, "A light commando force wreaking havoc behind enemy lines will tie down a much greater force hunting for it. A small army that is still and rested with have the better of a large army that is worn out marching double-time to meet it."

"But there must be a limit to how small a unit can be before it is ineffective no matter how intelligently it is employed."

"Too light, and we invite aggression. Too heavy, and our army becomes unwieldy. A commander in harmony with my path coordinates the small with the great, the strong with the weak, the eager with the reticent, balancing opposites to obtain the perfect Middle Way."

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