Kan-kan go his blows on the sandal trees, / And he places what he hews on the river's bank, / Whose waters flow [...] Cf. Shijing 112
The Master said, "Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness, and yet live, his escape from death is [...] Cf. Lunyu 139
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
I awake light-hearted this morning of spring, / Everywhere round me the singing of birds – / But now I [...] Cf. Tangshi 232
The general who is skilled in defense hides in the most secret recesses of the earth; Thus on the one hand we have [...] Cf. Sunzi 46
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