Bright are those extensive fields, / A tenth of whose produce is annually levied. / I take the old stores, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 211
1. The philosopher Tsang being ill, Meng Chang went to ask how he was. / 2. Tsang said to him, "When a bird is about to [...] Cf. Lunyu 192
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
Without leaving his door / He knows everything under heaven. / Without looking out of his window / He knows all the [...] Cf. Daodejing 47
Long divided by river and sea, / For years we two have failed to meet – / And suddenly to find you seems like [...] Cf. Tangshi 147
If we know that the enemy is open to attack, but are unaware that our own men are not in a condition to attack, we have [...] Cf. Sunzi 175
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