There was presented to me a papaya, / And I returned for it a beautiful Ju-gem ; / Not as a return for it, / [...] Cf. Shijing 64
The Master said, "Hûi gives me no assistance. There is nothing that I say in which he does not delight." [...] Cf. Lunyu 271
Kou / Coming to Meet / Under heaven, wind: The image of COMING TO MEET. Thus does the prince act when disseminating [...] Cf. Yijing 44
Every one under heaven says that our Way is greatly like folly. But it is just because it is great, that it seems like [...] Cf. Daodejing 67
In gala robes she comes down from her chamber / Into her courtyard, enclosure of spring.... / When she tries [...] Cf. Tangshi 281
You may advance and be absolutely irresistible, if you make for the enemy's weak points; you may retire and be safe [...] Cf. Sunzi 79
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