Fat and strong, fat and strong, / Fat and strong, are the chestnut teams. / Early and late are the [officers] in [...] Cf. Shijing 298
1. He did not dislike to have his rice finely cleaned, nor to have his mince meat cut quite small. / 2. He did not eat [...] Cf. Lunyu 248
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
O General, descended from Wei's Emperor Wu, / You are nobler now than when a noble.... / Conquerors and their [...] Cf. Tangshi 61
In order to carry out an attack, we must have means available. [...] Cf. Sunzi 223
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