They buzz about, the blue flies, / Lighting on the fences. / O happy and courteous sovereign, / Do not believe [...] Cf. Shijing 219
1. The Master said, "A sage it is not mine to see; could I see a man of real talent and virtue, that would satisfy me." [...] Cf. Lunyu 176
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
Having to travel back now from this far place, / I dismount beside your lonely tomb. / The ground where I stand [...] Cf. Tangshi 112
The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his [...] Cf. Sunzi 125
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