There is a solitary russet pear tree, / [But] its leaves are luxuriant. / Alone I walk unbefriended ; – / Is it [...] Cf. Shijing 119
The Master said, "When the year becomes cold, then we know how the pine and the cypress are the last to lose their [...] Cf. Lunyu 237
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; / Perfect speech is like a jade-worker whose tool leaves no mark. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 27
A girl of the Lu clan who lives in Golden-Wood Hall, / Where swallows perch in pairs on beams of tortoiseshell, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 223
We cannot enter into alliance with neighboring princes until we are acquainted with their designs. We are not fit to [...] Cf. Sunzi 215
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