How gay and dissipated you are, / There on the top of Wanqiu ! / You are full of kindly affection indeed, / But [...] Cf. Shijing 136
Tsze-yû said, "In serving a prince, frequent remonstrances lead to disgrace. Between friends, frequent reproofs make [...] Cf. Lunyu 92
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
'He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; / He who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest.” / He [...] Cf. Daodejing 24
Toward a mist upon the water / Still I wave my hand and sob, / For the flying bird is lost in space / Beyond a [...] Cf. Tangshi 135
With regard to NARROW PASSES, if you can occupy them first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the [...] Cf. Sunzi 159
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