I travelled through the country, / Where the Fetid tree grew luxuriant. / Because of our affinity by marriage, / [...] Cf. Shijing 188
The Master's frequent themes of discourse were – the Odes, the History, and the maintenance of the Rules of Propriety. [...] Cf. Lunyu 168
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
He who holding the Great From goes about his work in the empire / Can go about his, yet do no harm. / All is peace, [...] Cf. Daodejing 35
In twelve chambers the ladies, decked for the day, / Peer afar for their lord from their Fairy-View Lodge; / [...] Cf. Tangshi 221
Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: 1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to [...] Cf. Sunzi 39
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