At the gate to the tombs there are jujube trees ; – / They should be cut away with an axe. / That man is not [...] Cf. Shijing 141
1. When the villagers were drinking together, upon those who carried staffs going out, he went out immediately after. [...] Cf. Lunyu 253
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
The impunity of things fraught with the “power” / May be likened to that of an infant. / Poisonous insects do not sting [...] Cf. Daodejing 55
The pagoda, rising abruptly from earth, / Reaches to the very Palace of Heaven.... / Climbing, we seem to have [...] Cf. Tangshi 25
If in the neighborhood of your camp there should be any hilly country, ponds surrounded by aquatic grass, hollow basins [...] Cf. Sunzi 141
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