Carefully adjusted are the rabbit nets ; / Clang clang go the blows on the pegs. / That stalwart, martial [...] Cf. Shijing 7
1. The Master said to Tsze-kung, "Which do you consider superior, yourself or Hûi?" / 2. Tsze-kung replied, "How dare I [...] Cf. Lunyu 101
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
(To requite injuries with good deeds.) / To allay the main discontent, but only in a manner that will certainly produce [...] Cf. Daodejing 79
At this lofty tower where the town ends, wilderness begins; / And our longing has as far to go as the ocean or the [...] Cf. Tangshi 203
Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence; those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an [...] Cf. Sunzi 230
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