They buzz about, the blue flies, / Lighting on the fences. / O happy and courteous sovereign, / Do not believe [...] Cf. Shijing 219
1. The Duke Ai asked which of the disciples loved to learn. / 2. Confucius replied to him, "There was Yen Hûi; HE loved [...] Cf. Lunyu 123
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
Since I married the merchant of Qutang / He has failed each day to keep his word.... / Had I thought how [...] Cf. Tangshi 260
When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is INSUBORDINATION. [...] Cf. Sunzi 165
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