Take the pool-water from a distance ; / Draw it into one vessel and let it flow to another, / And it may be used to [...] Cf. Shijing 251
1. Tsze-hwâ being employed on a mission to Ch'î, the disciple Zan requested grain for his mother. The Master said, [...] Cf. Lunyu 124
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
That which was the beginning of all things under heaven / We may speak of as the “mother” of all things. / He who [...] Cf. Daodejing 52
There are faint green mountains and far green waters, / And grasses in this river region not yet faded by autumn; [...] Cf. Tangshi 292
The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his [...] Cf. Sunzi 125
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