Amidst the fretted waters, / The white rocks stand up grandly. / Bringing a robe of white silk, with a vermillion [...] Cf. Shijing 116
1. The superior man did not use a deep purple, or a puce color, in the ornaments of his dress. / 2. Even in his [...] Cf. Lunyu 246
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
Lakka-trees ripen two by two / And mandarin-ducks die side by side. / If a true-hearted girl will love only her [...] Cf. Tangshi 44
On dispersive ground, therefore, fight not. On facile ground, halt not. On contentious ground, attack not. [...] Cf. Sunzi 189
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