' The cock has crowed ; / The court is full. ' / But it was not the cock that was crowing ; – / It was the [...] Cf. Shijing 96
1. The Master said, "At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning. / 2. "At thirty, I stood firm. / 3. "At forty, I had [...] Cf. Lunyu 20
Chien / Obstruction / Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to [...] Cf. Yijing 39
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
Round a turn of the Qin Fortress winds the Wei River, / And Yellow Mountain foot-hills enclose the Court of China; [...] Cf. Tangshi 179
Ground which can be abandoned but is hard to re-occupy is called ENTANGLING. From a position of this sort, if the [...] Cf. Sunzi 157
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