Do not try to cultivate fields too large ; – / The weeds will only grow luxuriantly. / Do not think of winning [...] Cf. Shijing 102
1. Tsze-lû said, "The duke Hwan caused his brother Chiû to be killed, when Shâo Hû died with his master, but Kwan Chung [...] Cf. Lunyu 363
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
On the third day, taking my place to cook, / Washing my hands to make the bridal soup, / I decide that not my [...] Cf. Tangshi 242
On open ground, do not try to block the enemy's way. [...] Cf. Sunzi 190
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