His great carriage rumbles along, / And his robes of rank glitter like the young sedge. / Do I not think of you ? [...] Cf. Shijing 73
1. Shun had five ministers, and the empire was well governed. / 2. King Wû said, "I have ten able ministers." / 3. [...] Cf. Lunyu 208
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
In the faded old imperial palace, / Peonies are red, but no one comes to see them.... / The ladies-in-waiting [...] Cf. Tangshi 245
Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. [...] Cf. Sunzi 43
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