In the sixth month all was bustle and excitement. / The war carriages had been made ready, / With the four steeds [...] Cf. Shijing 177
1. Ch'âi is simple. / 2. Shan is dull. / 3. Shih is specious. / 4. Yû is coarse. [...] Cf. Lunyu 285
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
The best charioteers do not rush ahead; / The best fighters do not make displays of wrath. / The greatest conqueror [...] Cf. Daodejing 68
Her candle-light is silvery on her chill bright screen. / Her little silk fan is for fireflies.... / She lies [...] Cf. Tangshi 294
SURVIVING SPIES, finally, are those who bring back news from the enemy's camp. [...] Cf. Sunzi 247
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