Tall and strong grows the young millet, / Fattened by the genial rains. / Very long was our journey to the south, / [...] Cf. Shijing 227
The Master said, "Ardent and yet not upright, stupid and yet not attentive; simple and yet not sincere:– such persons [...] Cf. Lunyu 204
Hêng / Duration / Thunder and wind: the image of DURATION. Thus the superior man stands firm And does not change has [...] Cf. Yijing 32
Great Tao is like a boat that drifts; / It can go this way; it can go that. / The ten thousand creatures owe their [...] Cf. Daodejing 34
You who have come from my old country, / Tell me what has happened there ! – / Was the plum, when you passed [...] Cf. Tangshi 228
The sight of men whispering together in small knots or speaking in subdued tones points to disaffection amongst the [...] Cf. Sunzi 149
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