Jian-guan went the axle ends of my carriage, / As I thought of the young beauty, and went [to fetch her]. / It was [...] Cf. Shijing 218
The Master angled, – but did not use a net. He shot, – but not at birds perching. [...] Cf. Lunyu 177
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
“What stays still is easy to hold; / Before there has been an omen it is easy to lay plans. / What is tender is easily [...] Cf. Daodejing 64
With a blue line of mountains north of the wall, / And east of the city a white curve of water, / Here you must [...] Cf. Tangshi 102
Now the general is the bulwark of the State; if the bulwark is complete at all points; the State will be strong; if the [...] Cf. Sunzi 33
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