Splendid are the flowers, / And the leaves are luxuriant. / I see these princes, / And my heart is entirely [...] Cf. Shijing 214
The chief of the Chî family sent to ask Min Tsze-ch'ien to be governor of Pî. Min Tszech'ien said, "Decline the offer [...] Cf. Lunyu 129
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Fame or one's own self, which matters to one most? / One's own self or things bought, which should count most? / In the [...] Cf. Daodejing 44
While my little boat moves on its mooring of mist, / And daylight wanes, old memories begin.... / How wide the [...] Cf. Tangshi 231
Ground on which each side has liberty of movement is open ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 183
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