Pleasant is the semi-circular water, / And we will gather the cress about it. / The marquis of Lu is coming to it, [...] Cf. Shijing 299
The disciple Zan returning from the court, the Master said to him, "How are you so late?" He replied, "We had [...] Cf. Lunyu 331
Ming I / Darkening of the Light / The light has sunk into the earth: The image of DARKENING OF THE LIGHT. Thus does [...] Cf. Yijing 36
Great Tao is like a boat that drifts; / It can go this way; it can go that. / The ten thousand creatures owe their [...] Cf. Daodejing 34
Farther and farther from the three Ba Roads, / I have come three thousand miles, anxious and watchful, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 165
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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