He assigned us a house large and spacious ; / But now at every meal there is nothing left. / Alas that he could not [...] Cf. Shijing 135
Tsze-kung said, "The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all [...] Cf. Lunyu 505
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
When he is born, man is soft and weak; in death he becomes stiff and hard. The ten thousand creatures and all plants [...] Cf. Daodejing 76
Stories of passion make sweet dust, / Calm water, grasses unconcerned. / At sunset, when birds cry in the wind, [...] Cf. Tangshi 297
On serious ground, I would try to ensure a continuous stream of supplies. On difficult ground, I would keep pushing on [...] Cf. Sunzi 212
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