I have brought my offerings, / A ram and a bull. / May Heaven accept them ! / I imitate and follow and observe [...] Cf. Shijing 272
The Master angled, – but did not use a net. He shot, – but not at birds perching. [...] Cf. Lunyu 177
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay] / The wind blows low on the mountain: The image of DECAY. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 18
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
Mountains cover the white sun, / And oceans drain the golden river; / But you widen your view three hundred [...] Cf. Tangshi 236
Ground on which each side has liberty of movement is open ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 183
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