How admirable ! how complete ! / Here are set our hand-drums and drums. / The drums resound harmonious and loud, / [...] Cf. Shijing 301
The Master said, "Never flagging when I set forth anything to him;– ah! that is Hûi." [...] Cf. Lunyu 229
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
“Kingdoms can only be governed if rules are kept; / Battles can only be won if rules are broken.” / But the adherence [...] Cf. Daodejing 57
Along the wall of the Capital a white-headed crow / Flies to the Gate where Autumn Enters and screams there in the [...] Cf. Tangshi 89
Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognizes nine varieties of ground: 1) Dispersive ground; 2) facile ground; 3) [...] Cf. Sunzi 179
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