Make like a perfect square and SCRAM

Of course.

三十六計
san.juu.ro-.kkei

Literally: three – ten – six – plan

Alternately: Discretion is the better part of valor. Sometimes you just need to retreat, regroup, and try again another day. Run away.

Notes: Of the Thirty-Six Stratagems passed down from the Book of (Southern) Qi in Chinese antiquity, the thirty-sixth is flight, which (in contrast with surrender or compromise) is not considered a true loss and therefore, in a way, is the best of all of them.

A longer version of the phrase also exists: 三十六計逃げるに如かず (sanjuurokkei nigeru ni shikazu), “Of the Thirty-Six Stratagems, none compare with running away.”

Thirty-six strategy seals

There, that should answer all your questions quite nicely.

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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