On the trees go the blows ding-ding ; / And the birds cry out ying-ying. / One issues from the dark valley, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 165
Tsze-chang said, "When a man holds fast to virtue, but without seeking to enlarge it, and believes in right principles, [...] Cf. Lunyu 486
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
You cannot rule men nor serve heaven unless you have laid up a store; / This “laying up a store” means quickly [...] Cf. Daodejing 59
Here, beside a clear deep lake, / You live accompanied by clouds; / Or soft through the pine the moon arrives [...] Cf. Tangshi 24
Hence the saying: One may KNOW how to conquer without being able to DO it. [...] Cf. Sunzi 44
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