There is a luxuriant willow tree ; – / Who would not wish to rest [under it] ? / [But this] god is very [...] Cf. Shijing 224
1. The Master said, "Of those who were with me in Ch'an and Ts'âi, there are none to be found to enter my door." [...] [...] Cf. Lunyu 269
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
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 woods are black and a wind assails the grasses, / Yet the general tries night archery – / And next morning [...] Cf. Tangshi 257
If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and, unless [...] Cf. Sunzi 154
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