Solitary stands the russet pear tree, / With its fruit so bright. / The king's business must not be slackly [...] Cf. Shijing 169
The Master said, "I do not know how a man without truthfulness is to get on. How can a large carriage be made to go [...] Cf. Lunyu 38
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
"Decay and decline": deep knowledge have I of Sung Yu's grief. / Romantic and refined, he too is my teacher. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 191
How victory may be produced for them out of the enemy's own tactics–that is what the multitude cannot comprehend. [...] Cf. Sunzi 89
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