Large was she and tall, / In her embroidered robe, with a [plain] single garment over it : – / The daughter of [...] Cf. Shijing 57
1. Tsâi Yü being asleep during the daytime, the Master said, "Rotten wood cannot be carved; a wall of dirty earth will [...] Cf. Lunyu 102
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
A girl of the Lu clan who lives in Golden-Wood Hall, / Where swallows perch in pairs on beams of tortoiseshell, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 223
In crossing salt-marshes, your sole concern should be to get over them quickly, without any delay. So much for [...] Cf. Sunzi 133
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