On the hills of the south is the Tai plant, / On those of the north is the Lai. / To be rejoiced in are ye, noble [...] Cf. Shijing 172
1. Tsze-chang asked, "What must the officer be, who may be said to be distinguished?" / 2. The Master said, "What is it [...] Cf. Lunyu 313
Sun / The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) / Winds following one upon the other: The image of THE GENTLY [...] Cf. Yijing 57
It is because every one under Heaven recognizes beauty as beauty, that the idea of ugliness exists. / And equally if [...] Cf. Daodejing 2
Long divided by river and sea, / For years we two have failed to meet – / And suddenly to find you seems like [...] Cf. Tangshi 147
Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all; amid confusion [...] Cf. Sunzi 67
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