There are the branches of the sparrow-gourd ; – / There is that lad, with the spike at his girdle. / Though he [...] Cf. Shijing 60
Chî K'ang asked how to cause the people to reverence their ruler, to be faithful to him, and to go on to nerve [...] Cf. Lunyu 36
Kuan / Contemplation (View) / The wind blows over the earth: The image of CONTEMPLATION. Thus the kings of old visited [...] Cf. Yijing 20
Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, / And the people will be benefited a hundredfold. / Banish human kindness, discard [...] Cf. Daodejing 19
Flowers, as high as my window, hurt the heart of a wanderer / For I see, from this high vantage, sadness [...] Cf. Tangshi 187
Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need [...] Cf. Sunzi 200
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