Along those raised banks of the Ru, / I cut down the branches and slender stems. / While I could not see my [...] Cf. Shijing 10
The Master said, "Of all people, girls and servants are the most difficult to behave to. If you are familiar with them, [...] Cf. Lunyu 472
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
Living under a thatch roof, never wearing fragrant silk, / She longs to arrange a marriage, but how could she [...] Cf. Tangshi 222
Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. This is called ability to [...] Cf. Sunzi 218
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