Of the gourd leaves, waving about, / Some are taken and boiled ; / [Then] the superior man, from his spirits, / [...] Cf. Shijing 231
Nan-kung Kwo, submitting an inquiry to Confucius, said, "Î was skillful at archery, and Âo could move a boat along upon [...] Cf. Lunyu 352
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
Every one under heaven says that our Way is greatly like folly. But it is just because it is great, that it seems like [...] Cf. Daodejing 67
There are many curtains in your care-free house, / Where rapture lasts the whole night long. / ...What are the [...] Cf. Tangshi 218
The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle - you never come to an end. [...] Cf. Sunzi 63
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