By the shores of that marsh, / There are rushes and lotus plants. / There is the beautiful lady ; – / I am [...] Cf. Shijing 145
The Master said, "If a minister make his own conduct correct, what difficulty will he have in assisting in government? [...] Cf. Lunyu 330
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
The best charioteers do not rush ahead; / The best fighters do not make displays of wrath. / The greatest conqueror [...] Cf. Daodejing 68
Now that the sun has set beyond the western range, / Valley after valley is shadowy and dim.... / And now [...] Cf. Tangshi 20
On open ground, do not try to block the enemy's way. [...] Cf. Sunzi 190
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