My four steeds advanced without stopping ; / The way from Zhou was winding and tedious. / Did I not have the wish [...] Cf. Shijing 162
[...] 3. When he was ill and the prince came to visit him, he had his head to the east, made his court robes be spread [...] Cf. Lunyu 259
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
Heaven and Earth are ruthless; / To them the Ten Thousand things are but as straw dogs. / The Sage too is ruthless; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 5
Leaning alone in the close bamboos, / I am playing my lute and humming a song / Too softly for anyone to hear [...] Cf. Tangshi 225
If you are situated at a great distance from the enemy, and the strength of the two armies is equal, it is not easy to [...] Cf. Sunzi 161
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