Oh ! great wast thou, O king Wu, / Displaying the utmost strength in thy work. / Truly accomplished was king Wen, / [...] Cf. Shijing 285
The Master said, "Those who are without virtue cannot abide long either in a condition of poverty and hardship, or in a [...] Cf. Lunyu 68
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
Oh, but it is high and very dangerous! / Such travelling is harder than scaling the blue sky. / ...Until two [...] Cf. Tangshi 79
While we keep away from such places, we should get the enemy to approach them; while we face them, we should let the [...] Cf. Sunzi 140
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