The wings of the ephemera, / Are robes, bright and splendid. / My heart is grieved ; – / Would they but come [...] Cf. Shijing 150
The Master said, "If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand." [...] Cf. Lunyu 403
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
'He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; / He who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest.” / He [...] Cf. Daodejing 24
When he was a youth of fifteen or twenty, / He chased a wild horse, he caught him and rode him, / He shot the [...] Cf. Tangshi 77
Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of [...] Cf. Sunzi 231
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