Grandly rolls the thunder, / On the south of the southern hill ! / How was it he went away from this, / [...] Cf. Shijing 19
The Master said, "Fine words, an insinuating appearance, and excessive respect;– Tso Ch'iu-ming was ashamed of them. [...] Cf. Lunyu 117
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
Cicadas complain of thin mulberry-trees / In the Eighth-month chill at the frontier pass. / Through the gate [...] Cf. Tangshi 36
1) When fire breaks out inside to enemy's camp, respond at once with an attack from without. 2) If there is an [...] Cf. Sunzi 227
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