Round and round the firewood is bound ; / And the Three Stars appear in the sky. / This evening is what evening, / [...] Cf. Shijing 118
1. Yen Yüan, in admiration of the Master's doctrines, sighed and said, "I looked up to them, and they seemed to become [...] Cf. Lunyu 220
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Tao gave them birth; / The “power” of Tao reared them, / Shaped them according to their kinds, / Perfected them, giving [...] Cf. Daodejing 51
Dare I, at my age, accept my summons, / Knowing of the world's ways only wine and song?.... / Over the moon-edged [...] Cf. Tangshi 195
Hence it is not enough to put one's trust in the tethering of horses, and the burying of chariot wheels in the ground [...] Cf. Sunzi 205
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