His bells ring out jiang-jiang, / While the waters of the Huai go sweeping on ; / Sad is my heart and wouded. / [...] Cf. Shijing 208
1. The Master said, "If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try [...] Cf. Lunyu 19
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
“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
When the moonlight, reaching a tree by the gate, / Shows her a quiet bird on its nest, / She removes her jade [...] Cf. Tangshi 283
Therefore, on dispersive ground, I would inspire my men with unity of purpose. [...] Cf. Sunzi 209
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