Wet lay the dew on the path : – / Might I not [have walked there] in the early dawn ? / But I said there was [...] Cf. Shijing 17
Mang Wû asked what filial piety was. The Master said, "Parents are anxious lest their children should be sick." [...] Cf. Lunyu 22
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
After rain the empty mountain / Stands autumnal in the evening, / Moonlight in its groves of pine, / Stones [...] Cf. Tangshi 116
The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy; and this knowledge can only be derived, [...] Cf. Sunzi 253
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