The moat at the east gate, / Is fit to steep hemp in. / That beautiful, virtuous, lady, / Can respond to you in [...] Cf. Shijing 139
1. The Duke Ching of Ch'î had a thousand teams, each of four horses, but on the day of his death, the people did not [...] Cf. Lunyu 445
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
By my old gate, among yellow grasses, / Still we linger, sick at heart. / The way you must follow through cold [...] Cf. Tangshi 145
There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted [...] Cf. Sunzi 17
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