The cricket is in the hall, / And the year is drawing to a close. / If we do not enjoy ourselves now, / The days [...] Cf. Shijing 114
The chief of the Chî family was about to sacrifice to the T'ai mountain. The Master said to Zan Yû, "Can you not save [...] Cf. Lunyu 46
K'un / The Receptive / The earth's condition is receptive devotion. Thus the superior man who has breadth of [...] Cf. Yijing 2
He who has the least scrap of sense, once he has got started on the great highway has nothing to fear so long as he [...] Cf. Daodejing 53
Her jade-green alcove curtained thick with silk, / Her vermilion screen with its pattern of flowers, / Her [...] Cf. Tangshi 307
For it is the soldier's disposition to offer an obstinate resistance when surrounded, to fight hard when he cannot help [...] Cf. Sunzi 214
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