Dropping are the fruits from the plum-tree ; / There are [but] seven [tenths] of them left ! / For the [...] Cf. Shijing 20
1. Chî Tsze-ch'ang said, "In a superior man it is only the substantial qualities which are wanted;– why should we seek [...] Cf. Lunyu 301
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
Walking along a little path, / I find a footprint on the moss, / A while cloud low on the quiet lake, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 136
On hemmed-in ground, resort to stratagem. [...] Cf. Sunzi 192
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