Strong and abundant grow the rushes ; / He discharges [but] one arrow at five wild boars. / Ah ! he is the [...] Cf. Shijing 25
The Master said, "Extravagance leads to insubordination, and parsimony to meanness. It is better to be mean than to be [...] Cf. Lunyu 186
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no [...] Cf. Daodejing 70
"Decay and decline": deep knowledge have I of Sung Yu's grief. / Romantic and refined, he too is my teacher. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 191
With this loss of substance and exhaustion of strength, the homes of the people will be stripped bare, and three-tenths [...] Cf. Sunzi 20
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