A flock of egrets is flying, / About the marsh there in the west. / My visitors came, / With an [elegant] [...] Cf. Shijing 278
Tsze-hsiâ said, "The superior man undergoes three changes. Looked at from a distance, he appears stern; when [...] Cf. Lunyu 493
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
Preparing me chicken and rice, old friend, / You entertain me at your farm. / We watch the green trees that [...] Cf. Tangshi 128
Make forays in fertile country in order to supply your army with food. [...] Cf. Sunzi 196
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