The clusters of the pepper plant, / Large and luxuriant, would fill a pint. / That hero there / Is large and [...] Cf. Shijing 117
The Master said, "Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, [...] Cf. Lunyu 426
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
The impunity of things fraught with the “power” / May be likened to that of an infant. / Poisonous insects do not sting [...] Cf. Daodejing 55
While winter daylight shortens in the elemental scale / And snow and frost whiten the cold-circling night, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 189
HEAVEN signifies night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons. [...] Cf. Sunzi 4
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