Among their ten acres, / The mulberry-planters stand idly about. / ' Come, ' [says one to another], ' I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 111
1. Yen Yüan and Chî Lû being by his side, the Master said to them, "Come, let each of you tell his wishes." / 2. [...] Cf. Lunyu 118
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Every one under heaven says that our Way is greatly like folly. But it is just because it is great, that it seems like [...] Cf. Daodejing 67
A fisherman is drifting, enjoying the spring mountains, / And the peach-trees on both banks lead him to an ancient [...] Cf. Tangshi 78
Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force. [...] Cf. Sunzi 32
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