Fat and strong, fat and strong, / Fat and strong, are the chestnut teams. / Early and late are the [officers] in [...] Cf. Shijing 298
When Tsze-lû heard anything, if he had not yet succeeded in carrying it into practice, he was only afraid lest he [...] Cf. Lunyu 106
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
"Yes, I live here, by the river; / I have sailed on it many and many a time. / Both of us born in Changgan, you [...] Cf. Tangshi 254
When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor [...] Cf. Sunzi 15
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