Pure and reverent was Da-ren, / The mother of king Wen ; / Loving was she to Zhou Jiang ; – / A wife becoming [...] Cf. Shijing 240
1. The men who have retired to privacy from the world have been Po-î, Shû-ch'î, Yü-chung, Î-yî, Chû-chang, Hûi of [...] Cf. Lunyu 481
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
The strategists have the sayings: “When you doubt your ability to meet the enemy's attack, take the offensive [...] Cf. Daodejing 69
Knowing beauty my misfortune, / I face my mirror with a sigh. / To please a fastidious emperor, / How shall [...] Cf. Tangshi 167
We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors. [...] Cf. Sunzi 102
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