There was the millet with its drooping heads ; / There was the sacrificial millet into blade. / Slowly I moved [...] Cf. Shijing 65
The Master said, "When the music master Chih first entered on his office, the finish of the Kwan Tsu was magnificent;– [...] Cf. Lunyu 203
Sung / Conflict / Heaven and water go their opposite ways: The image of CONFLICT. Thus in all his transactions the [...] Cf. Yijing 6
Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water; but when it attacks things hard and resistant there is not [...] Cf. Daodejing 78
Now that the palace-gate has softly closed on its flowers, / Ladies file out to their pavilion of jade, / Abrim [...] Cf. Tangshi 287
If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have [...] Cf. Sunzi 174
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