They clear away the grass and the bushes ; / And the ground is laid open by their ploughs. / In thousands of pairs [...] Cf. Shijing 290
The disciples of Tsze-hsiâ asked Tsze-chang about the principles that should characterize mutual intercourse. [...] Cf. Lunyu 487
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
“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
Where tender grasses rim the stream / And deep boughs trill with mango-birds, / On the spring flood of last [...] Cf. Tangshi 272
Though the enemy be stronger in numbers, we may prevent him from fighting. Scheme so as to discover his plans and the [...] Cf. Sunzi 85
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