In the low wet grouds is the carambola tree ; / Soft and pliant are its branches, / With the glossiness of tender [...] Cf. Shijing 148
1. The Master said, "If the scholar be not grave, he will not call forth any veneration, and his learning will not be [...] Cf. Lunyu 8
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
Now that the palace-gate has softly closed on its flowers, / Ladies file out to their pavilion of jade, / Abrim [...] Cf. Tangshi 287
Knowing the place and the time of the coming battle, we may concentrate from the greatest distances in order to fight. [...] Cf. Sunzi 83
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