My husband looks full of satisfaction. / In his left hand he holds his reed-organ, / And with his right he calls [...] Cf. Shijing 67
1. Shû-sun Wû-shû observed to the great officers in the court, saying, "Tsze-kung is superior to Chung-nî." / 2. [...] Cf. Lunyu 507
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
When he is born, man is soft and weak; in death he becomes stiff and hard. The ten thousand creatures and all plants [...] Cf. Daodejing 76
Having to travel back now from this far place, / I dismount beside your lonely tomb. / The ground where I stand [...] Cf. Tangshi 112
The host thus forming a single united body, is it impossible either for the brave to advance alone, or for the cowardly [...] Cf. Sunzi 112
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