Ling-ling go the hounds ; – / Their master is admirable and kind. / / There go the hounds with their double [...] Cf. Shijing 103
Chung-kung asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "It is, when you go abroad, to behave to every one as if you [...] Cf. Lunyu 295
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
"Decay and decline": deep knowledge have I of Sung Yu's grief. / Romantic and refined, he too is my teacher. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 191
Too frequent rewards signify that the enemy is at the end of his resources; [...] Cf. Sunzi 150
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