In the south rise the trees without branches, / Affording no shelter. / By the Han are girls rambling about, [...] Cf. Shijing 9
The Master said, "My doctrines make no way. I will get upon a raft, and float about on the sea. He that will accompany [...] Cf. Lunyu 99
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
We used to be companions on the Jiang and the Han, / And as often as we met, we were likely to be tipsy. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 140
When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor [...] Cf. Sunzi 15
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