Small are those starlets, / Three or five of them in the east, / Swiftly by night we go ; / In the early [...] Cf. Shijing 21
1. The Master said, "Riches and honors are what men desire. If it cannot be obtained in the proper way, they should not [...] Cf. Lunyu 71
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
He who has the least scrap of sense, once he has got started on the great highway has nothing to fear so long as he [...] Cf. Daodejing 53
Chang handed me this tracing, from the stone drums, / Beseeching me to write a poem on the stone drums. / Du Fu [...] Cf. Tangshi 69
SURVIVING SPIES, finally, are those who bring back news from the enemy's camp. [...] Cf. Sunzi 247
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