How great is that luxuriance, / Those flowers of the sparrow-plum ! / Are they not expressive of reverence [...] Cf. Shijing 24
The Master said, "To tell, as we go along, what we have heard on the way, is to cast away our virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 461
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
Her hands of white jade by a window of snow / Are glimmering on a golden-fretted harp – / And to draw the [...] Cf. Tangshi 241
When these five kinds of spy are all at work, none can discover the secret system. This is called "divine manipulation [...] Cf. Sunzi 242
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