Those in the leather caps, – / Who are they ? / Since your spirits are [so]good, / And your viands are [so] [...] Cf. Shijing 217
1. Tsze-chang was learning with a view to official emolument. / 2. The Master said, "Hear much and put aside the points [...] Cf. Lunyu 34
Sung / Conflict / Heaven and water go their opposite ways: The image of CONFLICT. Thus in all his transactions the [...] Cf. Yijing 6
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
Rough were the mountain-stones, and the path very narrow; / And when I reached the temple, bats were in the dusk. [...] Cf. Tangshi 66
He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them [...] Cf. Sunzi 170
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