Easy and indifferent ! easy and indifferent ! / I am ready to perform in all dances, / Then when the sun is [...] Cf. Shijing 38
1. Some one asked about Tsze-ch'ân. The Master said, "He was a kind man." / 2. He asked about Tsze-hsî. The Master [...] Cf. Lunyu 356
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
Since I married the merchant of Qutang / He has failed each day to keep his word.... / Had I thought how [...] Cf. Tangshi 260
We shall be unable to turn natural advantage to account unless we make use of local guides. [...] Cf. Sunzi 104
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