They were gathering the white millet, / In those new fields, / And in these acres brought only one year under [...] Cf. Shijing 178
[...] 2. Chi K'ang having sent him a present of physic, he bowed and received it, saying, "I do not know it. I dare not [...] Cf. Lunyu 256
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
O Master, how did the world repay / Your life of long solicitude? – / The Lords of Zou have misprized your [...] Cf. Tangshi 90
Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. [...] Cf. Sunzi 75
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