I am going to gather the dodder, / In the fields of Mei. / But of whom are my thoughts ? / Of that beauty, [...] Cf. Shijing 48
1. The minister of crime of Ch'an asked whether the duke Châo knew propriety, and Confucius said, "He knew propriety." [...] Cf. Lunyu 181
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
He who by Tao purposes to help a ruler of men / Will oppose all conquest by force of arms; / For such things are wont [...] Cf. Daodejing 30
Chang handed me this tracing, from the stone drums, / Beseeching me to write a poem on the stone drums. / Du Fu [...] Cf. Tangshi 69
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed [...] Cf. Sunzi 235
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