Heavy lies the dew ; / Nothing but the sun can dry it. / Happily and long into the night we drink ; – / Till [...] Cf. Shijing 174
The subjects of which the Master seldom spoke were – profitableness, and also the appointments of Heaven, and perfect [...] Cf. Lunyu 210
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
Heaven's way is like the bending of a bow. When a bow is bent the top comes down and the bottom-end comes up. / / So [...] Cf. Daodejing 77
High in the faint moonlight, wildgeese are soaring. / Tartar chieftains are fleeing through the dark – / And [...] Cf. Tangshi 258
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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