Boldly faithful in their pairings are quails ; / Vigorously so are magpies. / This man is all vicious, / [...] Cf. Shijing 49
The Master said, "The learning virtue without proper cultivation; the not thoroughly discussing what is learned; not [...] Cf. Lunyu 153
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
“What stays still is easy to hold; / Before there has been an omen it is easy to lay plans. / What is tender is easily [...] Cf. Daodejing 64
Stories of passion make sweet dust, / Calm water, grasses unconcerned. / At sunset, when birds cry in the wind, [...] Cf. Tangshi 297
Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense [...] Cf. Sunzi 78
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