Round and round the firewood is bound ; / And the Three Stars appear in the sky. / This evening is what evening, / [...] Cf. Shijing 118
1. The Master said, "Respectfulness, without the rules of propriety, becomes laborious bustle; carefulness, without the [...] Cf. Lunyu 190
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
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
We joked, long ago, about one of us dying, / But suddenly, before my eyes, you are gone. / Almost all your [...] Cf. Tangshi 206
Sun Tzu said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an [...] Cf. Sunzi 41
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