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. Shun had five ministers, and the empire was well governed. / 2. King Wû said, "I have ten able ministers." / 3. [...] Cf. Lunyu 208
K'un / The Receptive / The earth's condition is receptive devotion. Thus the superior man who has breadth of [...] Cf. Yijing 2
“What stays still is easy to hold; / Before there has been an omen it is easy to lay plans. / What is tender is easily [...] Cf. Daodejing 64
On a northern peak among white clouds / You have found your hermitage of peace; / And now, as I climb this [...] Cf. Tangshi 18
When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor [...] Cf. Sunzi 15
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