Pleasant is the semi-circular water, / And we will gather the cress about it. / The marquis of Lu is coming to it, [...] Cf. Shijing 299
Tsze-hsiâ, being governor of Chü-fû, asked about government. The Master said, "Do not be desirous to have things done [...] Cf. Lunyu 334
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
Push far enough towards the Void, / Hold fast enough to Quietness, / And of the ten thousand things none but can be [...] Cf. Daodejing 16
She brings a broom at dawn to the Golden Palace doorway / And dusts the hall from end to end with her round fan, [...] Cf. Tangshi 314
In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them; [...] Cf. Sunzi 88
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