The flowers of the bignonia, / Are of a deep yellow. / My heart is sad ; / I feel its wound. / / The [...] Cf. Shijing 233
Shû-sun Wû-shû having spoken revilingly of Chung-nî, Tsze-kung said, "It is of no use doing so. Chung-nî cannot be [...] Cf. Lunyu 508
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
A cold wind blows from the far sky.... / What are you thinking of, old friend? / The wildgeese never answer me. [...] Cf. Tangshi 110
Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks; numerical strength, from compelling our [...] Cf. Sunzi 82
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