Very grand is the mountain of Liang, / Which was made cultivable by Yu. / Bright it is the way from it, / [Along [...] Cf. Shijing 261
The Master said, "Fine words, an insinuating appearance, and excessive respect;– Tso Ch'iu-ming was ashamed of them. [...] Cf. Lunyu 117
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water; but when it attacks things hard and resistant there is not [...] Cf. Daodejing 78
Red leaves are fluttering down the twilight / Past this arbour where I take my wine; / Cloud-rifts are blowing [...] Cf. Tangshi 154
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, [...] Cf. Sunzi 171
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