It floats about, that boat of cypress wood ; / Yea, it floats about on the current. / Disturbed am I and [...] Cf. Shijing 26
Chî K'ang, distressed about the number of thieves in the state, inquired of Confucius how to do away with them. [...] Cf. Lunyu 311
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay] / The wind blows low on the mountain: The image of DECAY. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 18
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
The limpid river, past its bushes / Running slowly as my chariot, / Becomes a fellow voyager / Returning [...] Cf. Tangshi 117
There are three ways in which a ruler can bring misfortune upon his army:– [...] Cf. Sunzi 34
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