Small are those starlets, / Three or five of them in the east, / Swiftly by night we go ; / In the early [...] Cf. Shijing 21
The Master said, "There are cases in which the blade springs, but the plant does not go on to flower! There are cases [...] Cf. Lunyu 231
Li / The Clinging, Fire / That which is bright rises twice: The image of FIRE. Thus the great man, by perpetuating [...] Cf. Yijing 30
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
What are you thinking as we part from one another, / Pulling in our horses for the stirrup-cups? / Do these [...] Cf. Tangshi 176
Therefore the good fighter will be terrible in his onset, and prompt in his decision. [...] Cf. Sunzi 65
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