He has reared his hut by the stream in the valley, / – That large man, so much at his ease. / Alone he sleeps, [...] Cf. Shijing 56
The Master said, "When a man may be spoken with, not to speak to him is to err in reference to the man. When a man may [...] Cf. Lunyu 399
K'un / The Receptive / The earth's condition is receptive devotion. Thus the superior man who has breadth of [...] Cf. Yijing 2
'He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; / He who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest.” / He [...] Cf. Daodejing 24
We joked, long ago, about one of us dying, / But suddenly, before my eyes, you are gone. / Almost all your [...] Cf. Tangshi 206
When he utilizes combined energy, his fighting men become as it were like unto rolling logs or stones. For it is the [...] Cf. Sunzi 72
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