There in the oozy grounds of the Fen, / They gather the sorrel. / That officer, / Is elegant beyond measure. / [...] Cf. Shijing 108
The Master said, "Yû, shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when [...] Cf. Lunyu 33
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
Your grasses up north are as blue as jade, / Our mulberries here curve green-threaded branches; / And at last [...] Cf. Tangshi 7
Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. [...] Cf. Sunzi 249
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