Thick grew the tribulus [on the ground], / But they cleared away its thorny bushes. / Why did they this of old ? / [...] Cf. Shijing 209
1. Chü Po-yü sent a messenger with friendly inquiries to Confucius. / 2. Confucius sat with him, and questioned him. [...] Cf. Lunyu 372
Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain / Mountains standing close together: The image of KEEPING STILL. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 52
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
From a pot of wine among the flowers / I drank alone. There was no one with me – / Till, raising my cup, I [...] Cf. Tangshi 6
Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying [...] Cf. Sunzi 29
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