There is a solitary russet pear tree, / Growing on the left of the way. / That princely man there ! / He might be [...] Cf. Shijing 123
1. Shun had five ministers, and the empire was well governed. / 2. King Wû said, "I have ten able ministers." / 3. [...] Cf. Lunyu 208
Po / Splitting Apart / The mountain rests on the earth: The image of SPLITTING APART. Thus those above can ensure [...] Cf. Yijing 23
He whose braveness lies in daring, slays. / He whose braveness lies in not daring , gives life. / Of these two, either [...] Cf. Daodejing 73
Through the bright day up the mountain, we scan the sky for a war-torch; / At yellow dusk we water our horses in [...] Cf. Tangshi 75
In war, practice dissimulation, and you will succeed. Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be [...] Cf. Sunzi 105
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