When the guests first approach the mats, / They take their places on the left and the right in an orderly manner. / [...] Cf. Shijing 220
The Master said of Yen Yüan, "Alas! I saw his constant advance. I never saw him stop in his progress." [...] Cf. Lunyu 230
Huan / Dispersion [Dissolution] / The wind drives over the water: The image of DISPERSION. Thus the kings of old [...] Cf. Yijing 59
Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water; but when it attacks things hard and resistant there is not [...] Cf. Daodejing 78
A hundred mountains and no bird, / A thousand paths without a footprint; / A little boat, a bamboo cloak, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 244
All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. [...] Cf. Sunzi 90
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