O accomplished Hou-ji, / Thou didst prove thyself the correlate of Heaven ; / Thou didst give grain-food to our [...] Cf. Shijing 275
[...] 3. Yuan Sze being made governor of his town by the Master, he gave him nine hundred measures of grain, but Sze [...] Cf. Lunyu 125
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
Of the highest the people merely know that such a one exists; / The next they draw near to and praise. / The next they [...] Cf. Daodejing 17
The monk from Shu with his green silk lute-case, / Walking west down Omei Mountain, / Has brought me by one [...] Cf. Tangshi 103
It is a military axiom not to advance uphill against the enemy, nor to oppose him when he comes downhill. Do not [...] Cf. Sunzi 120
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