How admirable ! how complete ! / Here are set our hand-drums and drums. / The drums resound harmonious and loud, / [...] Cf. Shijing 301
[...] 2. Distinguished for their virtuous principles and practice, there were Yen Yûan, Min Tsze-ch'ien, Zan Po-niû, [...] Cf. Lunyu 270
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no [...] Cf. Daodejing 70
On the third day, taking my place to cook, / Washing my hands to make the bridal soup, / I decide that not my [...] Cf. Tangshi 242
Maneuvering with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous. [...] Cf. Sunzi 97
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