In the fourth month comes summer, / And in the sixth month the heat begins to decrease. / Were not my forefathers [...] Cf. Shijing 204
The Master said, "From the man bringing his bundle of dried flesh for my teaching upwards, I have never refused [...] Cf. Lunyu 157
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
It is because every one under Heaven recognizes beauty as beauty, that the idea of ugliness exists. / And equally if [...] Cf. Daodejing 2
High beyond the thick wall a tower shines with sunset / Where peach and plum are blooming and the willowcotton [...] Cf. Tangshi 181
The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided. [...] Cf. Sunzi 27
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