Kan-kan go his blows on the sandal trees, / And he places what he hews on the river's bank, / Whose waters flow [...] Cf. Shijing 112
When the Master was in Ch'an, he said, "Let me return! Let me return! The little children of my school are ambitious [...] Cf. Lunyu 114
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
My heart sank when I headed north from Yan Country / To the camps of China echoing ith bugle and drum. / ...In [...] Cf. Tangshi 172
These five heads should be familiar to every general: he who knows them will be victorious; he who knows them not will [...] Cf. Sunzi 8
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