On the hills of the south is the Tai plant, / On those of the north is the Lai. / To be rejoiced in are ye, noble [...] Cf. Shijing 172
1. The Master said, "What has the lute of Yû to do in my door?" / 2. The other disciples began not to respect Tsze-lû. [...] Cf. Lunyu 282
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
Learning consists in adding to one's stock day by day; / The practice of Tao consists in “subtracting day by day, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 48
Even in this good reign, how can I serve? / The lone cloud rather, the Buddhist peace.... / Once more, before [...] Cf. Tangshi 289
He burns his boats and breaks his cooking-pots; like a shepherd driving a flock of sheep, he drives his men this way [...] Cf. Sunzi 207
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