He has reared his hut by the stream in the valley, / – That large man, so much at his ease. / Alone he sleeps, [...] Cf. Shijing 56
The Master said, "In hearing litigations, I am like any other body. What is necessary, however, is to cause the people [...] Cf. Lunyu 306
Huan / Dispersion [Dissolution] / The wind drives over the water: The image of DISPERSION. Thus the kings of old [...] Cf. Yijing 59
You cannot rule men nor serve heaven unless you have laid up a store; / This “laying up a store” means quickly [...] Cf. Daodejing 59
In gala robes she comes down from her chamber / Into her courtyard, enclosure of spring.... / When she tries [...] Cf. Tangshi 281
Thus, to take a long and circuitous route, after enticing the enemy out of the way, and though starting after him, to [...] Cf. Sunzi 96
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