In the south are trees with curved drooping branches, / With the doliches creepers clinging to them. / To be [...] Cf. Shijing 4
The Master said, "The duke Wan of Tsin was crafty and not upright. The duke Hwan of Ch'î was upright and not crafty." [...] Cf. Lunyu 362
Ko / Revolution (Molting) / Fire in the lake: the image of REVOLUTION. Thus the superior man Sets the calendar in [...] Cf. Yijing 49
Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; / Perfect speech is like a jade-worker whose tool leaves no mark. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 27
Out go the great red wedding-chamber candles. / Tomorrow in state the bride faces your parents. / She has [...] Cf. Tangshi 288
There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration. [...] Cf. Sunzi 224
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