He has reared his hut by the stream in the valley, / – That large man, so much at his ease. / Alone he sleeps, [...] Cf. Shijing 56
1. The superior man did not use a deep purple, or a puce color, in the ornaments of his dress. / 2. Even in his [...] Cf. Lunyu 246
Sun / The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) / Winds following one upon the other: The image of THE GENTLY [...] Cf. Yijing 57
Tao is eternal, but has no fame (name); / The Uncarved Block, though seemingly of small account, / Is greater than [...] Cf. Daodejing 32
When this melody for the flageolet was made by Lady Cai, / When long ago one by one she sang its eighteen stanzas, [...] Cf. Tangshi 50
Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognizes nine varieties of ground: 1) Dispersive ground; 2) facile ground; 3) [...] Cf. Sunzi 179
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