His lambs's fur is glossy, / Truly smooth and beautiful. / That officer, / Rests in his lot and will not change. [...] Cf. Shijing 80
1. The Master said, "If the scholar be not grave, he will not call forth any veneration, and his learning will not be [...] Cf. Lunyu 8
Chia Jên / The Family [The Clan] / Wind comes forth from fire: The image of THE FAMILY. Thus the superior man has [...] Cf. Yijing 37
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
Last night my girdle came undone, / And this morning a luck-beetle flew over my bed. / So here are my paints [...] Cf. Tangshi 243
At first, then, exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an opening; afterwards emulate the rapidity [...] Cf. Sunzi 221
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