Green is the upper robe, / Green with a yellow lining ! / The sorrow of my heart, – / How can it cease [...] Cf. Shijing 27
1. In bed, he did not lie like a corpse. At home, he did not put on any formal deportment.[...] [...] Cf. Lunyu 264
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
Tao gave them birth; / The “power” of Tao reared them, / Shaped them according to their kinds, / Perfected them, giving [...] Cf. Daodejing 51
So autumn breaks my homesick heart.... / Few pilgrims venture climbing to a temple so wild, / Up from the lake, [...] Cf. Tangshi 133
The onset of troops is like the rush of a torrent which will even roll stones along in its course. The quality of [...] Cf. Sunzi 64
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