In long trains ever increasing grow the gourds. / When [our] people first sprang, / From the country about the Ju [...] Cf. Shijing 237
1. The Master said, "In my dealings with men, whose evil do I blame, whose goodness do I praise, beyond what is proper? [...] Cf. Lunyu 416
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
The strategists have the sayings: “When you doubt your ability to meet the enemy's attack, take the offensive [...] Cf. Daodejing 69
The hermit in his lone abode / Nurses his thoughts cleansed of care, / Them he projects to the wild goose / [...] Cf. Tangshi 3
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out [...] Cf. Sunzi 233
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