A simple-looking lad you were, / Carrying cloth to exchange it for silk. / [But] you came not so to purchase silk ; [...] Cf. Shijing 58
Tsze-kung said, "The Master's personal displays of his principles and ordinary descriptions of them may be heard. His [...] Cf. Lunyu 105
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
As the heavy must be the foundation of the light, / So quietness is lord and master of activity. / Truly, “A man of [...] Cf. Daodejing 26
Bamboo from the southern hills was used to make this pipe. / And its music, that was introduced from Persia first [...] Cf. Tangshi 51
But when the army is restless and distrustful, trouble is sure to come from the other feudal princes. This is simply [...] Cf. Sunzi 38
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