Large rats ! Large rats ! / Do not eat our millet. / Three years have we had to do with you, / And you have not [...] Cf. Shijing 113
The Master said, "A cornered vessel without corners. – A strange cornered vessel! A strange cornered vessel!" [...] Cf. Lunyu 145
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
Lying on a high seat in the south study, / We have lifted the curtain-and we see the rising moon / Brighten [...] Cf. Tangshi 21
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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