O accomplished Hou-ji, / Thou didst prove thyself the correlate of Heaven ; / Thou didst give grain-food to our [...] Cf. Shijing 275
1. The Master said, "If the scholar be not grave, he will not call forth any veneration, and his learning will not be [...] Cf. Lunyu 8
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
Rough were the mountain-stones, and the path very narrow; / And when I reached the temple, bats were in the dusk. [...] Cf. Tangshi 66
To begin by bluster, but afterwards to take fright at the enemy's numbers, shows a supreme lack of intelligence. [...] Cf. Sunzi 151
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