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, "The way of the superior man is threefold, but I am not equal to it. Virtuous, he is free from [...] Cf. Lunyu 375
Huan / Dispersion [Dissolution] / The wind drives over the water: The image of DISPERSION. Thus the kings of old [...] Cf. Yijing 59
Those who know do not speak; / Those who speak do not know. / Black the passages, / Shut the doors, / Let all sharpness [...] Cf. Daodejing 56
Drive the orioles away, / All their music from the trees.... / When she dreamed that she went to Liaoxi Camp / [...] Cf. Tangshi 251
When in difficult country, do not encamp. In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your allies. Do not [...] Cf. Sunzi 123
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