Conspiciously rise the staffs with their ox-tails, / In the distant suburbs of Jun, / Ornamented with the white [...] Cf. Shijing 53
The Master said, "The reason why the ancients did not readily give utterance to their words, was that they feared lest [...] Cf. Lunyu 88
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
To be always talks is against nature. / / For the same reason a hurricane never lasts a whole morning, nor a rainstorm [...] Cf. Daodejing 23
I had so long been troubled by official hat and robe / That I am glad to be an exile here in this wild southland. [...] Cf. Tangshi 35
If in the neighborhood of your camp there should be any hilly country, ponds surrounded by aquatic grass, hollow basins [...] Cf. Sunzi 141
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