How admirable ! how complete ! / Here are set our hand-drums and drums. / The drums resound harmonious and loud, / [...] Cf. Shijing 301
The philosopher Yû said, "When agreements are made according to what is right, what is spoken can be made good. When [...] Cf. Lunyu 13
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
By this wall that surrounds the three Qin districts, / Through a mist that makes five rivers one, / We bid each [...] Cf. Tangshi 92
Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. [...] Cf. Sunzi 249
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