By the shores of that marsh, / There are rushes and lotus plants. / There is the beautiful lady ; – / I am [...] Cf. Shijing 145
1. The Master said to Yen Yuan, "When called to office, to undertake its duties; when not so called, to lie retired;– [...] Cf. Lunyu 161
Ting / The Caldron / Fire over wood: The image of THE CALDRON. Thus the superior man consolidates his fate By [...] Cf. Yijing 50
The impunity of things fraught with the “power” / May be likened to that of an infant. / Poisonous insects do not sting [...] Cf. Daodejing 55
"I am endlessly yearning / To be in Changan. / ...Insects hum of autumn by the gold brim of the well; / A [...] Cf. Tangshi 80
2) By attempting to govern an army in the same way as he administers a kingdom, being ignorant of the conditions which [...] Cf. Sunzi 36
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