In his silken robes, clear and bright, / With his cap on his head, looking so respectful, / From the hall he goes [...] Cf. Shijing 292
The Master was wishing Ch'î-tiâo K'âi to enter an official employment. He replied, "I am not yet able to rest in the [...] Cf. Lunyu 98
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Push far enough towards the Void, / Hold fast enough to Quietness, / And of the ten thousand things none but can be [...] Cf. Daodejing 16
In gala robes she comes down from her chamber / Into her courtyard, enclosure of spring.... / When she tries [...] Cf. Tangshi 281
When a general, unable to estimate the enemy's strength, allows an inferior force to engage a larger one, or hurls a [...] Cf. Sunzi 168
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