In the south are trees with curved drooping branches, / With the doliches creepers clinging to them. / To be [...] Cf. Shijing 4
1. Mang Wû asked about Tsze-lû, whether he was perfectly virtuous. The Master said, "I do not know." / 2. He asked [...] Cf. Lunyu 100
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
I was bidding a guest farewell, at night on the Xunyang River, / Where maple-leaves and full-grown rushes rustled in [...] Cf. Tangshi 72
Sun Tzu said: In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, [...] Cf. Sunzi 14
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