His great carriage rumbles along, / And his robes of rank glitter like the young sedge. / Do I not think of you ? [...] Cf. Shijing 73
The Master said, "Ardent and yet not upright, stupid and yet not attentive; simple and yet not sincere:– such persons [...] Cf. Lunyu 204
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
Having to travel back now from this far place, / I dismount beside your lonely tomb. / The ground where I stand [...] Cf. Tangshi 112
On the day that you take up your command, block the frontier passes, destroy the official tallies, [...] Cf. Sunzi 219
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