Carefully adjusted are the rabbit nets ; / Clang clang go the blows on the pegs. / That stalwart, martial [...] Cf. Shijing 7
1. The Master being very ill, Tsze-lû wished the disciples to act as ministers to him. / 2. During a remission of his [...] Cf. Lunyu 221
Tui / The Joyous, Lake / Lakes resting one on the other: The image of THE JOYOUS. Thus the superior man joins with his [...] Cf. Yijing 58
Of the highest the people merely know that such a one exists; / The next they draw near to and praise. / The next they [...] Cf. Daodejing 17
Who is lovelier than she? / Yet she lives alone in an empty valley. / She tells me she came from a good family [...] Cf. Tangshi 10
If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your [...] Cf. Sunzi 173
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