Oh ! powerful was the king's army ; / But he nursed it in obedience to circumstances while the time was yet dark. / [...] Cf. Shijing 293
1. The madman of Ch'û, Chieh-yü, passed by Confucius, singing and saying, "O FANG! O FANG! How is your virtue [...] Cf. Lunyu 478
Pi / Grace / Fire at the foot of the mountain: The image of GRACE. Thus does the superior man proceed When clearing up [...] Cf. Yijing 22
“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
A bridge flies away through a wild mist, / Yet here are the rocks and the fisherman's boat. / Oh, if only this [...] Cf. Tangshi 262
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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