In the south are trees with curved drooping branches, / With the doliches creepers clinging to them. / To be [...] Cf. Shijing 4
The chief of the Chî family sent to ask Min Tsze-ch'ien to be governor of Pî. Min Tszech'ien said, "Decline the offer [...] Cf. Lunyu 129
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
“To know when one does not know is best. / To think one knows when one does not know is a dire disease. / Only he who [...] Cf. Daodejing 71
The Three Kingdoms, divided, have been bound by his greatness. / The Eight-Sided Fortress is founded on his fame; [...] Cf. Tangshi 235
On open ground, I would keep a vigilant eye on my defenses. On ground of intersecting highways, I would consolidate my [...] Cf. Sunzi 211
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