Alas for him, so handsome and accomplished ! / How grandly tall ! / With what elegance in his high forehead ! / [...] Cf. Shijing 106
The Master said, "There are only the wise of the highest class, and the stupid of the lowest class, who cannot be [...] Cf. Lunyu 450
Ming I / Darkening of the Light / The light has sunk into the earth: The image of DARKENING OF THE LIGHT. Thus does [...] Cf. Yijing 36
True words are not fine-sounding; / Fine-sounding words are not true. / The good man does not prove by argument; / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 81
The stars of last night and the wind of last night / Are west of the Painted Chamber and east of Cinnamon Hall. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 210
If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in. Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear, [...] Cf. Sunzi 220
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