He has many carriages, giving forth their Lin-Lin ; / He has horses with their white foreheads. / Before we can see [...] Cf. Shijing 126
The Master said, "Extravagance leads to insubordination, and parsimony to meanness. It is better to be mean than to be [...] Cf. Lunyu 186
Hsieh / Deliverance / Thunder and rain set in: The image of DELIVERANCE. Thus the superior man pardons mistakes And [...] Cf. Yijing 40
“What stays still is easy to hold; / Before there has been an omen it is easy to lay plans. / What is tender is easily [...] Cf. Daodejing 64
Line after line has flown back over the border. / Where are you headed all by yourself? / In the evening rain [...] Cf. Tangshi 166
Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force. [...] Cf. Sunzi 32
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