She gathers the large duckweed, / By the banks of the stream in the southern valley. / She gathers the [...] Cf. Shijing 15
The Master angled, – but did not use a net. He shot, – but not at birds perching. [...] Cf. Lunyu 177
Ta Yu / Possession in Great Measure / Fire in heaven above: The image of POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 14
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
Dare I, at my age, accept my summons, / Knowing of the world's ways only wine and song?.... / Over the moon-edged [...] Cf. Tangshi 195
Hostile armies may face each other for years, striving for the victory which is decided in a single day. This being so, [...] Cf. Sunzi 238
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