Amidst the fretted waters, / The white rocks stand up grandly. / Bringing a robe of white silk, with a vermillion [...] Cf. Shijing 116
1. Sze-mâ Niû, full of anxiety, said, "Other men all have their brothers, I only have not." / 2. Tsze-hsiâ said to him, [...] Cf. Lunyu 298
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
“To know when one does not know is best. / To think one knows when one does not know is a dire disease. / Only he who [...] Cf. Daodejing 71
A cool-matted silvery bed; but no dreams.... / An evening sky as green as water, shadowed with tender clouds; / [...] Cf. Tangshi 305
Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. [...] Cf. Sunzi 43
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