Hear the roll of our drums ! / See how we leap about, using our weapons ! / Those do the fieldwork in the [...] Cf. Shijing 31
The Master said, "Mang Chih-fan does not boast of his merit. Being in the rear on an occasion of flight, when they were [...] Cf. Lunyu 135
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
He who has the least scrap of sense, once he has got started on the great highway has nothing to fear so long as he [...] Cf. Daodejing 53
I left home young. I return old; / Speaking as then, but with hair grown thin; / And my children, meeting me, [...] Cf. Tangshi 261
These are six ways of courting defeat, which must be carefully noted by the general who has attained a responsible [...] Cf. Sunzi 169
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