In the south are trees with curved drooping branches, / With the doliches creepers clinging to them. / To be [...] Cf. Shijing 4
1. The Duke Ching of Ch'î had a thousand teams, each of four horses, but on the day of his death, the people did not [...] Cf. Lunyu 445
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
There's a perfume stealing moist from a shaft of red blossom, / And a mist, through the heart, from the magical [...] Cf. Tangshi 318
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the [...] Cf. Sunzi 25
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