Brilliant are the flowers, / On those level heights and the low grounds. / Complete and alert is the messenger, [...] Cf. Shijing 163
1. He sacrificed to the dead, as if they were present. He sacrificed to the spirits, as if the spirits were present. / [...] Cf. Lunyu 52
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
In gala robes she comes down from her chamber / Into her courtyard, enclosure of spring.... / When she tries [...] Cf. Tangshi 281
In order to carry out an attack, we must have means available. [...] Cf. Sunzi 223
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