What are there on Zhongnan ? / There are white firs and plum trees. / Our prince has arrived at it, / Wearing an [...] Cf. Shijing 130
The Master said, "I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and [...] Cf. Lunyu 170
TUN / Retreat / Mountain under heaven: the image of RETREAT. Thus the superior man keeps the inferior man at a [...] Cf. Yijing 33
Tao never does; / Yet through it all things are done. / If the barons and kings would but possess themselves of it, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 37
On a road outreaching the white clouds, / By a spring outrunning the bluest river, / Petals come drifting on [...] Cf. Tangshi 143
Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy's unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and [...] Cf. Sunzi 195
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