Yellow bird, yellow bird, / Do not settle on the broussonetias, / Do not eat my paddy. / The people of this [...] Cf. Shijing 187
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
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
He who by Tao purposes to help a ruler of men / Will oppose all conquest by force of arms; / For such things are wont [...] Cf. Daodejing 30
I had so long been troubled by official hat and robe / That I am glad to be an exile here in this wild southland. [...] Cf. Tangshi 35
We shall be unable to turn natural advantage to account unless we make use of local guides. [...] Cf. Sunzi 104
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