In hewing [the wood for] an axe-handle, how do you proceed ? / Without [another] axe it cannot be done. / In taking [...] Cf. Shijing 158
The Master said of Tsze-ch'an that he had four of the characteristics of a superior man – in his conduct of himself, [...] Cf. Lunyu 108
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
“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
A cold wind blows from the far sky.... / What are you thinking of, old friend? / The wildgeese never answer me. [...] Cf. Tangshi 110
On hemmed-in ground, resort to stratagem. [...] Cf. Sunzi 192
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