When the guests first approach the mats, / They take their places on the left and the right in an orderly manner. / [...] Cf. Shijing 220
The Master said, "Where the solid qualities are in excess of accomplishments, we have rusticity; where the [...] Cf. Lunyu 138
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
The Valley Spirit never dies. / It is named the Mysterious Female. / And the doorway of the Mysterious Female / Is the [...] Cf. Daodejing 6
Sailing far off from Jingmen Ferry, / Soon you will be with people in the south, / Where the mountains end and [...] Cf. Tangshi 101
When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct; and the ranks are formed [...] Cf. Sunzi 167
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