We gather and gather the plantains ; / Now we may gather them. / We gather and gather the plantains ; / [...] Cf. Shijing 8
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
Po / Splitting Apart / The mountain rests on the earth: The image of SPLITTING APART. Thus those above can ensure [...] Cf. Yijing 23
The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve. / / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 75
In dangerous times we two came south; / Now you go north in safety, without me. / But remember my head growing [...] Cf. Tangshi 149
It is a military axiom not to advance uphill against the enemy, nor to oppose him when he comes downhill. Do not [...] Cf. Sunzi 120
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