O owl, O owl, / You have taken my young ones ; – / Do not [also] destroy my nest. / With love and with toil, / [...] Cf. Shijing 155
Tsze-hsiâ said, "My friend Chang can do things which are hard to be done, but yet he is not perfectly virtuous." [...] Cf. Lunyu 499
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
It is because every one under Heaven recognizes beauty as beauty, that the idea of ugliness exists. / And equally if [...] Cf. Daodejing 2
A girl of the Lu clan who lives in Golden-Wood Hall, / Where swallows perch in pairs on beams of tortoiseshell, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 223
With this loss of substance and exhaustion of strength, the homes of the people will be stripped bare, and three-tenths [...] Cf. Sunzi 20
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