His bells ring out jiang-jiang, / While the waters of the Huai go sweeping on ; / Sad is my heart and wouded. / [...] Cf. Shijing 208
The Master said, "There are only the wise of the highest class, and the stupid of the lowest class, who cannot be [...] Cf. Lunyu 450
Hsiao Ch'u / The Taming Power of the Small / The wind drives across heaven: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE [...] Cf. Yijing 9
Heaven's way is like the bending of a bow. When a bow is bent the top comes down and the bottom-end comes up. / / So [...] Cf. Daodejing 77
The thread in the hands of a fond-hearted mother / Makes clothes for the body of her wayward boy; / Carefully [...] Cf. Tangshi 45
Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force. [...] Cf. Sunzi 32
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