The fretted waters, / Do not carry on their current a bundle of thorns. / Few are our brethren ; / There are only [...] Cf. Shijing 92
1. Tsâi Yü being asleep during the daytime, the Master said, "Rotten wood cannot be carved; a wall of dirty earth will [...] Cf. Lunyu 102
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
What is of all things most yielding / Can overwhelm that which is of all things most hard. / Being substanceless it can [...] Cf. Daodejing 43
You were foreordained to find the source. / Now, tracing your way as in a dream / There where the sea floats up [...] Cf. Tangshi 138
When in difficult country, do not encamp. In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your allies. Do not [...] Cf. Sunzi 123
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