The Qin and Wei, / Now present their broad sheets of water. / Ladies and gentlemen, / Are carrying flowers of [...] Cf. Shijing 95
Tsâi Wo asked, saying, "A benevolent man, though it be told him, – 'There is a man in the well" will go in after him, [...] Cf. Lunyu 146
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
He who by Tao purposes to help a ruler of men / Will oppose all conquest by force of arms; / For such things are wont [...] Cf. Daodejing 30
All alone in a foreign land, / I am twice as homesick on this day / When brothers carry dogwood up the [...] Cf. Tangshi 263
Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy's unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and [...] Cf. Sunzi 195
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