Oh ! powerful was the king's army ; / But he nursed it in obedience to circumstances while the time was yet dark. / [...] Cf. Shijing 293
The Master said, "A horse is called a ch'î, not because of its strength, but because of its other good qualities." [...] Cf. Lunyu 380
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Great Tao is like a boat that drifts; / It can go this way; it can go that. / The ten thousand creatures owe their [...] Cf. Daodejing 34
For years, to guard the Jade Pass and the River of Gold, / With our hands on our horse-whips and our swordhilts, [...] Cf. Tangshi 277
If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are [...] Cf. Sunzi 201
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