That artful boy ! / He will not speak with me ! / But for the sake of you, Sir, / Shall I make myself unable to [...] Cf. Shijing 86
The chief of the Chî family sent to ask Min Tsze-ch'ien to be governor of Pî. Min Tszech'ien said, "Decline the offer [...] Cf. Lunyu 129
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
The five Holy Mountains have the rank of the Three Dukes. / The other four make a ring, with the Song Mountain [...] Cf. Tangshi 68
Therefore, on dispersive ground, I would inspire my men with unity of purpose. [...] Cf. Sunzi 209
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