On the trees go the blows ding-ding ; / And the birds cry out ying-ying. / One issues from the dark valley, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 165
The Master said, "The Kwan Tsü is expressive of enjoyment without being licentious, and of grief without being [...] Cf. Lunyu 60
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; / But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness [...] Cf. Daodejing 11
No ripples in the river, no mist on the islands, / Yet the landscape is blurred toward my friend in Chu.... / [...] Cf. Tangshi 197
In dry, level country, take up an easily accessible position with rising ground to your right and on your rear, so [...] Cf. Sunzi 134
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