Bright was that milky way, / Shining and revolving in the sky. / The king said, 'Oh ! / What crime is chargeable [...] Cf. Shijing 258
The Master said, "Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 464
Sun / The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) / Winds following one upon the other: The image of THE GENTLY [...] Cf. Yijing 57
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
Its massive height near the City of Heaven / Joins a thousand mountains to the corner of the sea. / Clouds, [...] Cf. Tangshi 118
If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I [...] Cf. Sunzi 194
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