With your long and tapering bamboo rods, / You angle in the Qi. / Do I not think of you ? / But I am far away, [...] Cf. Shijing 59
The Master said, "When a man is not in the habit of saying – 'What shall I think of this? What shall I think of this?' [...] Cf. Lunyu 407
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
Fame or one's own self, which matters to one most? / One's own self or things bought, which should count most? / In the [...] Cf. Daodejing 44
The fine clouds have opened and the River of Stars is gone, / A clear wind blows across the sky, and the moon [...] Cf. Tangshi 67
Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. [...] Cf. Sunzi 249
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