Bright was that milky way, / Shining and revolving in the sky. / The king said, 'Oh ! / What crime is chargeable [...] Cf. Shijing 258
The Master said, "In ancient times, men learned with a view to their own improvement. Nowadays, men learn with a view [...] Cf. Lunyu 371
Hsü / Waiting (Nourishment) / Clouds rise up to heaven: The image of WAITING. Thus the superior man eats and [...] Cf. Yijing 5
As the heavy must be the foundation of the light, / So quietness is lord and master of activity. / Truly, “A man of [...] Cf. Daodejing 26
Your seven strings are like the voice / Of a cold wind in the pines, / Singing old beloved songs / Which no [...] Cf. Tangshi 238
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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