By the graceful sweep of these banks, / With the southern hill, so calm in the distance, / [Has the palace arisen], [...] Cf. Shijing 189
The Master, speaking of Chung-kung, said, "If the calf of a brindled cow be red and horned, although men may not wish [...] Cf. Lunyu 126
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
The autumn night is clear and cold in the lakka-trees of this courtyard. / I am lying forlorn in the river-town. I [...] Cf. Tangshi 188
Ground on which each side has liberty of movement is open ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 183
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