My noble husband is now martial-like ! / The hero of the country ! / My husband, grasping his halberd, / Is in [...] Cf. Shijing 62
The Master said, "A horse is called a ch'î, not because of its strength, but because of its other good qualities." [...] Cf. Lunyu 380
Ch'ien / Modesty / Within the earth, a mountain: The image of MODESTY. Thus the superior man reduces that which is [...] Cf. Yijing 15
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
North of me, south of me, spring is in flood, / Day after day I have seen only gulls.... / My path is full of [...] Cf. Tangshi 183
Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who [...] Cf. Sunzi 13
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