The two youths got into their boats, / Whose shadows floated about [on the water]. / I think longingly of [...] Cf. Shijing 44
1. It was difficult to talk (profitably and reputably) with the people of Hû-hsiang, and a lad of that place having had [...] Cf. Lunyu 179
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
What is most perfect seems to have something missing; / Yet its use is unimpaired. / What is most full seems empty; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 45
Forlorn in the northeast among wind and dust, / Drifting in the southwest between heaven and earth, / Lingering [...] Cf. Tangshi 190
Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. [...] Cf. Sunzi 43
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