King Wen laboured earnestly ; – / Right is it we should have received [the kingdom]. / We will diffuse [his [...] Cf. Shijing 295
1. The head of the Chî family was going to attack Chwan-yü. / 2. Zan Yû and Chî-lû had an interview with Confucius, and [...] Cf. Lunyu 434
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
“To know when one does not know is best. / To think one knows when one does not know is a dire disease. / Only he who [...] Cf. Daodejing 71
While worldly matters take their turn, / Ancient, modern, to and fro, / Rivers and mountains are changeless in [...] Cf. Tangshi 125
Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense [...] Cf. Sunzi 78
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