When [Ding] culminated [at night fall], / He began to build the palace at Chu. / Determining its aspects by [...] Cf. Shijing 50
1. Some one said, "Yung is truly virtuous, but he is not ready with his tongue." / 2. The Master said, "What is the [...] Cf. Lunyu 97
Sung / Conflict / Heaven and water go their opposite ways: The image of CONFLICT. Thus in all his transactions the [...] Cf. Yijing 6
The highest good is like that of water. The goodness of is that it benefits the ten thousand creatures; yet itself does [...] Cf. Daodejing 8
There's a perfume stealing moist from a shaft of red blossom, / And a mist, through the heart, from the magical [...] Cf. Tangshi 318
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed [...] Cf. Sunzi 235
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