There are the branches of the sparrow-gourd ; – / There is that lad, with the spike at his girdle. / Though he [...] Cf. Shijing 60
The Master said, "The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their [...] Cf. Lunyu 400
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no [...] Cf. Daodejing 70
Where is the temple of the famous Premier? – / In a deep pine grove near the City of Silk, / With the green [...] Cf. Tangshi 182
On hemmed-in ground, I would block any way of retreat. [...] Cf. Sunzi 213
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