The wolf springs forward on his dewlap, / Or trips back on his tail. / The duke was humble, and greatly admirable, [...] Cf. Shijing 160
The Master said, "The FANG bird does not come; the river sends forth no map:– it is all over with me!" [...] Cf. Lunyu 218
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
This one-story inn at Nanjing ferry / Is a miserable lodging-place for the night – / But across the dead [...] Cf. Tangshi 286
Carefully study the well-being of your men, and devise unfathomable plans. [...] Cf. Sunzi 197
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