On the embankment are magpies' nests ; / On the height grows the beautiful pea. / Who has been imposing on the [...] Cf. Shijing 142
1. The Master was wishing to go and live among the nine wild tribes of the east. / 2. Some one said, "They are rude. [...] Cf. Lunyu 223
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
In the slant of the sun on the country-side, / Cattle and sheep trail home along the lane; / And a rugged old [...] Cf. Tangshi 16
When he has penetrated into hostile territory, but to no great distance, it is facile ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 181
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