I pray you, Mr. Zhong, / Do not come leaping into my hamlet ; / Do not break my willow trees. / Do I care for [...] Cf. Shijing 76
Mang Wû asked what filial piety was. The Master said, "Parents are anxious lest their children should be sick." [...] Cf. Lunyu 22
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
The bright moon lifts from the Mountain of Heaven / In an infinite haze of cloud and sea, / And the wind, that [...] Cf. Tangshi 38
There are roads which must not be followed, [...] Cf. Sunzi 124
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