A few elegant lines, / May be made out to be shell-embroidery. / Those slanderers, / Have gone to great excess. / [...] Cf. Shijing 200
1. The head of the Chî family was richer than the duke of Châu had been, and yet Ch'iû collected his imposts for him, [...] Cf. Lunyu 284
Kuei Mei / The Marrying Maiden / Thunder over the lake: The image of THE MARRYING MAIDEN. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 54
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
With this cold night-rain hiding the river, you have come into Wu. / In the level dawn, all alone, you will be [...] Cf. Tangshi 264
Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, according to which the enemy [...] Cf. Sunzi 70
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