The wings of the ephemera, / Are robes, bright and splendid. / My heart is grieved ; – / Would they but come [...] Cf. Shijing 150
The Master said, "The object of the superior man is truth. Food is not his object. There is plowing;– even in that [...] Cf. Lunyu 423
Ta Chuang / The Power of the Great / Thunder in heaven above: The image of THE POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 34
Heaven's way is like the bending of a bow. When a bow is bent the top comes down and the bottom-end comes up. / / So [...] Cf. Daodejing 77
Only to wanderers can come / Ever new the shock of beauty, / Of white cloud and red cloud dawning from the sea, [...] Cf. Tangshi 94
Now a soldier's spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is [...] Cf. Sunzi 115
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