The fishes are there, there among the pondweed, / Showing their large heads. / The king is here, here in Hao, / [...] Cf. Shijing 221
The Master said, "I hate the manner in which purple takes away the luster of vermilion. I hate the way in which the [...] Cf. Lunyu 465
Huan / Dispersion [Dissolution] / The wind drives over the water: The image of DISPERSION. Thus the kings of old [...] Cf. Yijing 59
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
You are gone. The river is high at my door. / Cicadas are mute on dew-laden boughs. / This is a moment when [...] Cf. Tangshi 159
Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected. An army [...] Cf. Sunzi 77
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