Splendid are the flowers, / And the leaves are luxuriant. / I see these princes, / And my heart is entirely [...] Cf. Shijing 214
Tsâi Wo asked, saying, "A benevolent man, though it be told him, – 'There is a man in the well" will go in after him, [...] Cf. Lunyu 146
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
With my wine-bottle, watching by river and lake / For a lady so tiny as to dance on my palm, / I awake, after [...] Cf. Tangshi 293
In crossing salt-marshes, your sole concern should be to get over them quickly, without any delay. So much for [...] Cf. Sunzi 133
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