Pleasant is the semi-circular water, / And we will gather the cress about it. / The marquis of Lu is coming to it, [...] Cf. Shijing 299
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
True words are not fine-sounding; / Fine-sounding words are not true. / The good man does not prove by argument; / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 81
High beyond the thick wall a tower shines with sunset / Where peach and plum are blooming and the willowcotton [...] Cf. Tangshi 181
If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are [...] Cf. Sunzi 201
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