Those in the leather caps, – / Who are they ? / Since your spirits are [so]good, / And your viands are [so] [...] Cf. Shijing 217
The Master said, "I have talked with Hûi for a whole day, and he has not made any objection to anything I said;– as if [...] Cf. Lunyu 25
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
What is of all things most yielding / Can overwhelm that which is of all things most hard. / Being substanceless it can [...] Cf. Daodejing 43
While winter daylight shortens in the elemental scale / And snow and frost whiten the cold-circling night, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 189
With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be [...] Cf. Sunzi 30
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