Pleasant is the semi-circular water, / And we will gather the cress about it. / The marquis of Lu is coming to it, [...] Cf. Shijing 299
1. Tsze-kung said, "Suppose the case of a man extensively conferring benefits on the people, and able to assist all, [...] Cf. Lunyu 150
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
Tao gave birth to the One; the One gave birth successively to two things, three things, up to ten thousand. These ten [...] Cf. Daodejing 42
"The sun has set, and a mist is in the flowers; / And the moon grows very white and people sad and sleepless. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 81
For it is the soldier's disposition to offer an obstinate resistance when surrounded, to fight hard when he cannot help [...] Cf. Sunzi 214
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