He has reared his hut by the stream in the valley, / – That large man, so much at his ease. / Alone he sleeps, [...] Cf. Shijing 56
Shû-sun Wû-shû having spoken revilingly of Chung-nî, Tsze-kung said, "It is of no use doing so. Chung-nî cannot be [...] Cf. Lunyu 508
Ch'ien / Modesty / Within the earth, a mountain: The image of MODESTY. Thus the superior man reduces that which is [...] Cf. Yijing 15
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
Now that the sun has set beyond the western range, / Valley after valley is shadowy and dim.... / And now [...] Cf. Tangshi 20
He burns his boats and breaks his cooking-pots; like a shepherd driving a flock of sheep, he drives his men this way [...] Cf. Sunzi 207
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