We read that Alexander， the great， was the follower of Aristotle， from whose instructions he got the greatest advantage. What was the most， he asked his master what would profit himself， and at the same time be serviceable to others.英语短文阅读
Aristotle answered， “My son， hear with attention; my advice， will arrive at the greatest honors. There are seven distinct points to be remembered. First ， you do not overcharge the balance. Secondly， you do not feed a fire with the sword， Thirdly， stress not the crown; nor， fourthly， eat the heart of a little bird. Fifthly， when you have taken the right road， never turn from it. Sixthly， walk not in the high road; and， seventhly， swallow to possess your eaves.”
The king carefully considered the meaning of these puzzling directions; and observing them， experienced their utility in his following years.