In hewing [the wood for] an axe-handle, how do you proceed ? / Without [another] axe it cannot be done. / In taking [...] Cf. Shijing 158
The Master said, "A man can enlarge the principles which he follows; those principles do not enlarge the man." [...] Cf. Lunyu 420
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
Is it raining on the river all the way to Chu? – - / The evening bell comes to us from Nanjing. / Your wet [...] Cf. Tangshi 141
Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is [...] Cf. Sunzi 87
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