Luxuriantly is that young mulberry tree, / And beneath it wide is the shade ; / But they will pluck its leaves till [...] Cf. Shijing 257
Tsze-kung said, "There is a beautiful gem here. Should I lay it up in a case and keep it? or should I seek for a good [...] Cf. Lunyu 222
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
North of me, south of me, spring is in flood, / Day after day I have seen only gulls.... / My path is full of [...] Cf. Tangshi 183
Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is [...] Cf. Sunzi 87
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