Oh ! great now is Zhou. / We ascend the high hills, / Both those that are long and narrow, and the lofty mountains [...] Cf. Shijing 296
1. Tsâi Yü being asleep during the daytime, the Master said, "Rotten wood cannot be carved; a wall of dirty earth will [...] Cf. Lunyu 102
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
What is most perfect seems to have something missing; / Yet its use is unimpaired. / What is most full seems empty; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 45
Dare I, at my age, accept my summons, / Knowing of the world's ways only wine and song?.... / Over the moon-edged [...] Cf. Tangshi 195
In night-fighting, then, make much use of signal-fires and drums, and in fighting by day, of flags and banners, as a [...] Cf. Sunzi 113
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