The fretted waters, / Do not carry on their current a bundle of firewood ! / Those, the members of our families, [...] Cf. Shijing 68
If his mat was not straight, he did not sit on it. [...] Cf. Lunyu 252
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
Living under a thatch roof, never wearing fragrant silk, / She longs to arrange a marriage, but how could she [...] Cf. Tangshi 222
It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if [...] Cf. Sunzi 31
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