How admirable ! how complete ! / Here are set our hand-drums and drums. / The drums resound harmonious and loud, / [...] Cf. Shijing 301
The Master said, "Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 3
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Tao gave them birth; / The “power” of Tao reared them, / Shaped them according to their kinds, / Perfected them, giving [...] Cf. Daodejing 51
Last night, while a gust blew peach-petals open / And the moon shone high on the Palace Beyond Time, / The [...] Cf. Tangshi 266
When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is INSUBORDINATION. [...] Cf. Sunzi 165
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