[This] umbrageous sweet pear-tree ; – / Clip it not, hew it not down. / Under it the chief of Zhou lodged. / [...] Cf. Shijing 16
The Master said, "Specious words confound virtue. Want of forbearance in small matters confounds great plans." [...] Cf. Lunyu 418
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
The best charioteers do not rush ahead; / The best fighters do not make displays of wrath. / The greatest conqueror [...] Cf. Daodejing 68
Who is lovelier than she? / Yet she lives alone in an empty valley. / She tells me she came from a good family [...] Cf. Tangshi 10
When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct; and the ranks are formed [...] Cf. Sunzi 167
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