We broke our axes, / And we splintered our hatchets ; / But the object of the duke of Zhou, in marching to the [...] Cf. Shijing 157
The Master, speaking of Chung-kung, said, "If the calf of a brindled cow be red and horned, although men may not wish [...] Cf. Lunyu 126
Tui / The Joyous, Lake / Lakes resting one on the other: The image of THE JOYOUS. Thus the superior man joins with his [...] Cf. Yijing 58
He who holding the Great From goes about his work in the empire / Can go about his, yet do no harm. / All is peace, [...] Cf. Daodejing 35
No ripples in the river, no mist on the islands, / Yet the landscape is blurred toward my friend in Chu.... / [...] Cf. Tangshi 197
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when [...] Cf. Sunzi 2
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