Among their ten acres, / The mulberry-planters stand idly about. / ' Come, ' [says one to another], ' I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 111
The Master said, "May not Shun be instanced as having governed efficiently without exertion? What did he do? He did [...] Cf. Lunyu 396
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
Look how swift to the snowy sea races Running-Horse River! – / And sand, up from the desert, flies yellow into [...] Cf. Tangshi 57
HEAVEN signifies night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons. [...] Cf. Sunzi 4
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