The master would also test the alertness of the novices by interjecting nonsense maxims and space them between significant ideas into his teaching to test their awareness and to joke. He would teach that many maxims have a general application and practical use. Then just for fun he threw in some opposites.
Fortune favors the lucky.
Money is its own reward.
There are more things in heaven and earth than any place else.
The more things change the more they stay the same.