Oh ! powerful was the king's army ; / But he nursed it in obedience to circumstances while the time was yet dark. / [...] Cf. Shijing 293
1. Kung-shan Fû-zâo, when he was holding Pi, and in an attitude of rebellion, invited the Master to visit him, who was [...] Cf. Lunyu 452
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
True words are not fine-sounding; / Fine-sounding words are not true. / The good man does not prove by argument; / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 81
Covet not a gold-threaded robe, / Cherish only your young days! / If a bud open, gather it – / Lest you but [...] Cf. Tangshi 320
Hence the saying: One may KNOW how to conquer without being able to DO it. [...] Cf. Sunzi 44
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