At the gate to the tombs there are jujube trees ; – / They should be cut away with an axe. / That man is not [...] Cf. Shijing 141
The Master said of Yen Yüan, "Alas! I saw his constant advance. I never saw him stop in his progress." [...] Cf. Lunyu 230
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
Tao never does; / Yet through it all things are done. / If the barons and kings would but possess themselves of it, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 37
The hermit in his lone abode / Nurses his thoughts cleansed of care, / Them he projects to the wild goose / [...] Cf. Tangshi 3
The skillful tactician may be likened to the SHUAI-JAN. Now the SHUAI-JAN is a snake that is found in the Ch`ang [...] Cf. Sunzi 203
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