' The cock has crowed ; / The court is full. ' / But it was not the cock that was crowing ; – / It was the [...] Cf. Shijing 96
The Master said, "In hearing litigations, I am like any other body. What is necessary, however, is to cause the people [...] Cf. Lunyu 306
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
Without leaving his door / He knows everything under heaven. / Without looking out of his window / He knows all the [...] Cf. Daodejing 47
The woods have stored the rain, and slow comes the smoke / As rice is cooked on faggots and carried to the fields; [...] Cf. Tangshi 180
There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration. [...] Cf. Sunzi 224
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