The Wrong Direction
The Prince of Wei decided to invade Handan, the capital of the state of Zhao. Although Qiliang was on a journey when he heard this, he turned back at once and, without waiting to smooth his crumpled garments or brush the dust from his head, went to see the king.
"On my way back," he said, "I came across a man at Taihang Mountain, who was riding northwards. He told me he was going to the state of Chu."
"In that case, why are you heading north? " I asked him.
"That's all right," he replied. "I have good horses."
"Your horses may be good, but you're taking the wrong direction."
"Well, I have plenty of money."
"You may have plenty of money, bu this is the wrong direction."
"Well, I have an excellent charioteer."
"The better your horses," I told him, "the more money you have and the more skilled your charioteer, the further you will get from the state of Chu."
Warring States Anecdotes