When the guests first approach the mats, / They take their places on the left and the right in an orderly manner. / [...] Cf. Shijing 220
1. When the Master went to Wei, Zan Yû acted as driver of his carriage. / 2. The Master observed, "How numerous are the [...] Cf. Lunyu 326
Sun / The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) / Winds following one upon the other: The image of THE GENTLY [...] Cf. Yijing 57
Can you keep the unquiet physical-soul from straying, hold fast to the Unity, and never quit it? / Can you, when [...] Cf. Daodejing 10
Master, I hail you from my heart, / And your fame arisen to the skies.... / Renouncing in ruddy youth the [...] Cf. Tangshi 100
If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are. [...] Cf. Sunzi 234
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