I escorted my mother's nephew, / To the north of the Wei, / What did I present to him ? / Four bay horses for his [...] Cf. Shijing 134
The Master said, "Yû, shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when [...] Cf. Lunyu 33
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
O Master, how did the world repay / Your life of long solicitude? – / The Lords of Zou have misprized your [...] Cf. Tangshi 90
When, in consequence of heavy rains up-country, a river which you wish to ford is swollen and flecked with foam, you [...] Cf. Sunzi 138
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