I have brought my offerings, / A ram and a bull. / May Heaven accept them ! / I imitate and follow and observe [...] Cf. Shijing 272
The Master said, "I have been the whole day without eating, and the whole night without sleeping:– occupied with [...] Cf. Lunyu 422
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
Though our envoy, Su Wu, is gone, body and soul, / This temple survives, these trees endure.... / Wildgeese [...] Cf. Tangshi 220
If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in. Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear, [...] Cf. Sunzi 220
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