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
The Master said, "The accomplished scholar is not a utensil." [...] Cf. Lunyu 28
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
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
Though a bugle breaks the crystal air of autumn, / Soldiers, in the look-out, watch at ease today / The spring [...] Cf. Tangshi 164
We may take it then that an army without its baggage- train is lost; without provisions it is lost; without bases of [...] Cf. Sunzi 101
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