In his silken robes, clear and bright, / With his cap on his head, looking so respectful, / From the hall he goes [...] Cf. Shijing 292
1. The Master said, "For a man to sacrifice to a spirit which does not belong to him is flattery. / 2. "To see what is [...] Cf. Lunyu 40
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
The impunity of things fraught with the “power” / May be likened to that of an infant. / Poisonous insects do not sting [...] Cf. Daodejing 55
You were foreordained to find the source. / Now, tracing your way as in a dream / There where the sea floats up [...] Cf. Tangshi 138
Therefore the good fighter will be terrible in his onset, and prompt in his decision. [...] Cf. Sunzi 65
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