In his silken robes, clear and bright, / With his cap on his head, looking so respectful, / From the hall he goes [...] Cf. Shijing 292
1. Lin Fang asked what was the first thing to be attended to in ceremonies. / 2. The Master said, "A great question [...] Cf. Lunyu 44
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Because the eye gazes but can catch no glimpse of it, / It is called elusive. / Because the ear listens but cannot hear [...] Cf. Daodejing 14
Line after line has flown back over the border. / Where are you headed all by yourself? / In the evening rain [...] Cf. Tangshi 166
Sun Tzu said: The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question [...] Cf. Sunzi 58
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