Bright are those extensive fields, / A tenth of whose produce is annually levied. / I take the old stores, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 211
The Master said, "Heaven produced the virtue that is in me. Hwan T'ûi – what can he do to me?" [...] Cf. Lunyu 173
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve. / / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 75
On the third day, taking my place to cook, / Washing my hands to make the bridal soup, / I decide that not my [...] Cf. Tangshi 242
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when [...] Cf. Sunzi 2
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