His lambs's fur is glossy, / Truly smooth and beautiful. / That officer, / Rests in his lot and will not change. [...] Cf. Shijing 80
1. When the prince sent him a gift of cooked meat, he would adjust his mat, first taste it, and then give it away to [...] Cf. Lunyu 258
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
There is only one Carved-Cloud, exquisite always- / Yet she dreads the spring, blowing cold in the palace, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 300
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive [...] Cf. Sunzi 128
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