Do not try to cultivate fields too large ; – / The weeds will only grow luxuriantly. / Do not think of winning [...] Cf. Shijing 102
The Master said to Po-yü, "Do you give yourself to the Châu-nan and the Shâo-nan. The man who has not studied the [...] Cf. Lunyu 457
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
Can drifting clouds and white storks / Be tenants in this world of ours? – / Or you still live on Wuzhou [...] Cf. Tangshi 239
In order to carry out an attack, we must have means available. [...] Cf. Sunzi 223
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