I take counsel at the beginning of my [rule], / How I can follow [the example] of my shrined father. / Ah ! [...] Cf. Shijing 287
Tsze-lû happening to pass the night in Shih-man, the gatekeeper said to him, "Whom do you come from?" Tsze-lû said, [...] Cf. Lunyu 385
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
While the autumn moon is pouring full / On a thousand night-levels among towns and villages, / There meet by [...] Cf. Tangshi 144
Now a soldier's spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is [...] Cf. Sunzi 115
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