In the first month [of summer] the hoar-frost abounds, / And my heart is wounded with sorrow. / The false calumnies [...] Cf. Shijing 192
1. When Yen Yüan died, the disciples wished to give him a great funeral, and the Master said, "You may not do so." / 2. [...] Cf. Lunyu 278
Li / The Clinging, Fire / That which is bright rises twice: The image of FIRE. Thus the great man, by perpetuating [...] Cf. Yijing 30
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
Here, beside a clear deep lake, / You live accompanied by clouds; / Or soft through the pine the moon arrives [...] Cf. Tangshi 24
If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your [...] Cf. Sunzi 173
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