A simple-looking lad you were, / Carrying cloth to exchange it for silk. / [But] you came not so to purchase silk ; [...] Cf. Shijing 58
1. The Master said of Kung-Yê Ch'ang that he might be wived; although he was put in bonds, he had not been guilty of [...] Cf. Lunyu 93
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
The north wind rolls the white grasses and breaks them; / And the Eighth-month snow across the Tartar sky / Is [...] Cf. Tangshi 59
Hence the saying: One may KNOW how to conquer without being able to DO it. [...] Cf. Sunzi 44
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