Minister of war, / We are the claws and teeth of the king. / Why have you rolled us into this sorrow, / So that [...] Cf. Shijing 185
The duke Ting asked how a prince should employ his ministers, and how ministers should serve their prince. Confucius [...] Cf. Lunyu 59
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
To be always talks is against nature. / / For the same reason a hurricane never lasts a whole morning, nor a rainstorm [...] Cf. Daodejing 23
A girl of the Lu clan who lives in Golden-Wood Hall, / Where swallows perch in pairs on beams of tortoiseshell, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 223
If you set a fully equipped army in march in order to snatch an advantage, the chances are that you will be too late. [...] Cf. Sunzi 98
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