A simple-looking lad you were, / Carrying cloth to exchange it for silk. / [But] you came not so to purchase silk ; [...] Cf. Shijing 58
The Master said, "There are cases in which the blade springs, but the plant does not go on to flower! There are cases [...] Cf. Lunyu 231
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
A morning-rain has settled the dust in Weicheng; / Willows are green again in the tavern dooryard.... / Wait [...] Cf. Tangshi 312
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, [...] Cf. Sunzi 171
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