Alas for him, so handsome and accomplished ! / How grandly tall ! / With what elegance in his high forehead ! / [...] Cf. Shijing 106
Some one asked the meaning of the great sacrifice. The Master said, "I do not know. He who knew its meaning would find [...] Cf. Lunyu 51
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
Tao is eternal, but has no fame (name); / The Uncarved Block, though seemingly of small account, / Is greater than [...] Cf. Daodejing 32
While my little boat moves on its mooring of mist, / And daylight wanes, old memories begin.... / How wide the [...] Cf. Tangshi 231
On serious ground, I would try to ensure a continuous stream of supplies. On difficult ground, I would keep pushing on [...] Cf. Sunzi 212
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