The gourd has [still] its bitter leaves, / And the crossing at the ford is deep. / If deep, I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 34
The Master said, "Fine words, an insinuating appearance, and excessive respect;– Tso Ch'iu-ming was ashamed of them. [...] Cf. Lunyu 117
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
Between wei and o / What after all is the difference? / Can it be compared to the difference between good and bad? / [...] Cf. Daodejing 20
An old fisherman spent the night here, under the western cliff; / He dipped up water from the pure Hsiang and made [...] Cf. Tangshi 70
If we know that the enemy is open to attack, and also know that our men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware [...] Cf. Sunzi 176
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