That artful boy ! / He will not speak with me ! / But for the sake of you, Sir, / Shall I make myself unable to [...] Cf. Shijing 86
1. Ch'an Tsze-ch'in, addressing Tsze-kung, said, "You are too modest. How can Chung-nî be said to be superior to you?" [...] Cf. Lunyu 509
Pi / Grace / Fire at the foot of the mountain: The image of GRACE. Thus does the superior man proceed When clearing up [...] Cf. Yijing 22
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
Pure of heart and therefore hungry, / All night long you have sung in vain – / Oh, this final broken indrawn [...] Cf. Tangshi 156
If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man [...] Cf. Sunzi 250
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