How well do the black robes befit you ! / When worn out, we will make others for you. / We will go to your court, / [...] Cf. Shijing 75
1. A man of the village of Tâ-hsiang said, "Great indeed is the philosopher K'ung! His learning is extensive, and yet [...] Cf. Lunyu 211
Sung / Conflict / Heaven and water go their opposite ways: The image of CONFLICT. Thus in all his transactions the [...] Cf. Yijing 6
Without leaving his door / He knows everything under heaven. / Without looking out of his window / He knows all the [...] Cf. Daodejing 47
"Tell me, where do you live? – / Near here, by the fishing-pool? / Let's hold our boats together, let's see / [...] Cf. Tangshi 253
Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is [...] Cf. Sunzi 52
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