Take the pool-water from a distance ; / Draw it into one vessel and let it flow to another, / And it may be used to [...] Cf. Shijing 251
1. The Master said to Yen Yuan, "When called to office, to undertake its duties; when not so called, to lie retired;– [...] Cf. Lunyu 161
Kuei Mei / The Marrying Maiden / Thunder over the lake: The image of THE MARRYING MAIDEN. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 54
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
Line after line has flown back over the border. / Where are you headed all by yourself? / In the evening rain [...] Cf. Tangshi 166
Thus, without waiting to be marshaled, the soldiers will be constantly on the qui vive; without waiting to be asked, [...] Cf. Sunzi 199
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