At the gate to the tombs there are jujube trees ; – / They should be cut away with an axe. / That man is not [...] Cf. Shijing 141
The Master said, "Mang Chih-fan does not boast of his merit. Being in the rear on an occasion of flight, when they were [...] Cf. Lunyu 135
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; / But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness [...] Cf. Daodejing 11
A cold wind blows from the far sky.... / What are you thinking of, old friend? / The wildgeese never answer me. [...] Cf. Tangshi 110
Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is [...] Cf. Sunzi 87
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