The hare is slow and cautious ; / The pheasant plumps into the net. / In the early part of my life, / Time [...] Cf. Shijing 70
The Master said, "Yen P'ing knew well how to maintain friendly intercourse. The acquaintance might be long, but he [...] Cf. Lunyu 109
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
True words are not fine-sounding; / Fine-sounding words are not true. / The good man does not prove by argument; / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 81
In a sharp gale from the wide sky apes are whimpering, / Birds are flying homeward over the clear lake and white [...] Cf. Tangshi 186
To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength; [...] Cf. Sunzi 48
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