In the south is the barbel, / And, in multitudes, they are taken under baskets. / The host has spirits, / On [...] Cf. Shijing 171
1. When he was about to mount his carriage, he would stand straight, holding the cord. / 2. When he was in the [...] Cf. Lunyu 266
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
What are you thinking as we part from one another, / Pulling in our horses for the stirrup-cups? / Do these [...] Cf. Tangshi 176
Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at [...] Cf. Sunzi 236
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