They gather the beans, they gather the beans, / In their baskets, square and round. / The princes are coming to [...] Cf. Shijing 222
[...] 4. Lâo said, "The Master said, 'Having no official employment, I acquired many arts.'" [...] Cf. Lunyu 216
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
Her candle-light is silvery on her chill bright screen. / Her little silk fan is for fireflies.... / She lies [...] Cf. Tangshi 294
If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I [...] Cf. Sunzi 194
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