Among their ten acres, / The mulberry-planters stand idly about. / ' Come, ' [says one to another], ' I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 111
The Master said, "T'âi-po may be said to have reached the highest point of virtuous action. Thrice he declined the [...] Cf. Lunyu 189
Hêng / Duration / Thunder and wind: the image of DURATION. Thus the superior man stands firm And does not change has [...] Cf. Yijing 32
The impunity of things fraught with the “power” / May be likened to that of an infant. / Poisonous insects do not sting [...] Cf. Daodejing 55
While a cold wind is creeping under my mat, / And the city's naked wall grows pale with the autumn moon, / I [...] Cf. Tangshi 142
Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. [...] Cf. Sunzi 75
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