There are the branches of the sparrow-gourd ; – / There is that lad, with the spike at his girdle. / Though he [...] Cf. Shijing 60
1. When he was carrying the scepter of his ruler, he seemed to bend his body, as if he were not able to bear its [...] Cf. Lunyu 245
Chin / Progress / The sun rises over the earth: The image of PROGRESS. Thus the superior man himself Brightens his [...] Cf. Yijing 35
To be always talks is against nature. / / For the same reason a hurricane never lasts a whole morning, nor a rainstorm [...] Cf. Daodejing 23
Red leaves are fluttering down the twilight / Past this arbour where I take my wine; / Cloud-rifts are blowing [...] Cf. Tangshi 154
Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to [...] Cf. Sunzi 21
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