' The cock has crowed ; / The court is full. ' / But it was not the cock that was crowing ; – / It was the [...] Cf. Shijing 96
1. Lin Fang asked what was the first thing to be attended to in ceremonies. / 2. The Master said, "A great question [...] Cf. Lunyu 44
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
Great Tao is like a boat that drifts; / It can go this way; it can go that. / The ten thousand creatures owe their [...] Cf. Daodejing 34
While a cold wind is creeping under my mat, / And the city's naked wall grows pale with the autumn moon, / I [...] Cf. Tangshi 142
If you set a fully equipped army in march in order to snatch an advantage, the chances are that you will be too late. [...] Cf. Sunzi 98
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