Boldly faithful in their pairings are quails ; / Vigorously so are magpies. / This man is all vicious, / [...] Cf. Shijing 49
1. When he was waiting at court, in speaking with the great officers of the lower grade, he spoke freely, but in a [...] Cf. Lunyu 242
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
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
Tender orchid-leaves in spring / And cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn / Are as self- contained as life is, [...] Cf. Tangshi 2
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed [...] Cf. Sunzi 235
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