How well do the black robes befit you ! / When worn out, we will make others for you. / We will go to your court, / [...] Cf. Shijing 75
The philosopher Tsang said, "I heard this from our Master:– 'Men may not have shown what is in them to the full [...] Cf. Lunyu 501
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water; but when it attacks things hard and resistant there is not [...] Cf. Daodejing 78
Toward a mist upon the water / Still I wave my hand and sob, / For the flying bird is lost in space / Beyond a [...] Cf. Tangshi 135
The general that hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer: –let such a one be retained in command! The [...] Cf. Sunzi 10
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