How lovely is the retiring girl ! / She was to await me at a corner of the wall. / Loving and not seeing [...] Cf. Shijing 42
1. The music master, Mien, having called upon him, when they came to the steps, the Master said, "Here are the steps." [...] Cf. Lunyu 433
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
Such the scope of the All-pervading Power. / That it alone can act through the Way. / For the Way is a thing [...] Cf. Daodejing 21
Though a country be sundered, hills and rivers endure; / And spring comes green again to trees and grasses / [...] Cf. Tangshi 106
Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face [...] Cf. Sunzi 198
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