Take the pool-water from a distance ; / Draw it into one vessel and let it flow to another, / And it may be used to [...] Cf. Shijing 251
The Master said, "Mang Chih-fan does not boast of his merit. Being in the rear on an occasion of flight, when they were [...] Cf. Lunyu 135
Kou / Coming to Meet / Under heaven, wind: The image of COMING TO MEET. Thus does the prince act when disseminating [...] Cf. Yijing 44
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
Where the sun has entered the western hills, / I look for a monk in his little straw hut; / But only the fallen [...] Cf. Tangshi 160
When there is dust rising in a high column, it is the sign of chariots advancing; when the dust is low, but spread over [...] Cf. Sunzi 143
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