Boldly faithful in their pairings are quails ; / Vigorously so are magpies. / This man is all vicious, / [...] Cf. Shijing 49
The Master said, "Yen P'ing knew well how to maintain friendly intercourse. The acquaintance might be long, but he [...] Cf. Lunyu 109
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
Favour and disgrace goad as it were to madness; high rank hurts keenly as our bodies hurt.” / / What does it mean to [...] Cf. Daodejing 13
Where, before me, are the ages that have gone? / And where, behind me, are the coming generations? / I think of [...] Cf. Tangshi 46
Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the [...] Cf. Sunzi 232
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