My four steeds advanced without stopping ; / The way from Zhou was winding and tedious. / Did I not have the wish [...] Cf. Shijing 162
1. The madman of Ch'û, Chieh-yü, passed by Confucius, singing and saying, "O FANG! O FANG! How is your virtue [...] Cf. Lunyu 478
Po / Splitting Apart / The mountain rests on the earth: The image of SPLITTING APART. Thus those above can ensure [...] Cf. Yijing 23
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
With no other neighbour but the quiet night, / Here I live in the same old cottage; / And as raindrops brighten [...] Cf. Tangshi 148
Hence the saying: One may KNOW how to conquer without being able to DO it. [...] Cf. Sunzi 44
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