Alas for me, who am [as] a little child, / On whom has devolved the unsettled State ! / Solitary am I and full of [...] Cf. Shijing 286
The Master said of the Shâo that it was perfectly beautiful and also perfectly good. He said of the Wû that it was [...] Cf. Lunyu 65
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
Push far enough towards the Void, / Hold fast enough to Quietness, / And of the ten thousand things none but can be [...] Cf. Daodejing 16
So bright a gleam on the foot of my bed – / Could there have been a frost already? / Lifting myself to look, I [...] Cf. Tangshi 233
Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards. [...] Cf. Sunzi 92
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