A simple-looking lad you were, / Carrying cloth to exchange it for silk. / [But] you came not so to purchase silk ; [...] Cf. Shijing 58
1. Chî Tsze-zan asked whether Chung Yû and Zan Ch'iû could be called great ministers. / 2. The Master said, "I thought [...] Cf. Lunyu 291
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
You have left me behind, old friend, at the Yellow Crane Terrace, / On your way to visit Yangzhou in the misty [...] Cf. Tangshi 268
Now a soldier's spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is [...] Cf. Sunzi 115
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