When the guests first approach the mats, / They take their places on the left and the right in an orderly manner. / [...] Cf. Shijing 220
1. Tsze-lû asked about government. The Master said, "Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their [...] Cf. Lunyu 318
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
Push far enough towards the Void, / Hold fast enough to Quietness, / And of the ten thousand things none but can be [...] Cf. Daodejing 16
The courier will depart next day, she's told. / She sews a warrior's gown all night. / Her fingers feel the [...] Cf. Tangshi 42
Ground on which each side has liberty of movement is open ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 183
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