How lovely is the retiring girl ! / She was to await me at a corner of the wall. / Loving and not seeing [...] Cf. Shijing 42
1. Yen Yû said, "Is our Master for the ruler of Wei?" Tsze-kung said, "Oh! I will ask him." / 2. He went in [...] Cf. Lunyu 165
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
The strategists have the sayings: “When you doubt your ability to meet the enemy's attack, take the offensive [...] Cf. Daodejing 69
Dare I, at my age, accept my summons, / Knowing of the world's ways only wine and song?.... / Over the moon-edged [...] Cf. Tangshi 195
Sun Tzu said: In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, [...] Cf. Sunzi 14
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