Beneath my door made of cross pieces of wood, / I can rest at my leisure ; / By the wimpling stream from my [...] Cf. Shijing 138
1. Tsâi Yü being asleep during the daytime, the Master said, "Rotten wood cannot be carved; a wall of dirty earth will [...] Cf. Lunyu 102
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
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
Outside are insignia, shown in state; / But here are sweet incense-clouds, quietly ours. / Wind and rain, [...] Cf. Tangshi 27
At first, then, exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an opening; afterwards emulate the rapidity [...] Cf. Sunzi 221
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