All the morning I gather the king-grass, / And do not collect enough to fill my hands. / My hair is in a wisp ; – [...] Cf. Shijing 226
The Master said, "Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! virtue is at hand." [...] Cf. Lunyu 180
Sui / Following / Thunder in the middle of the lake: The image of FOLLOWING. Thus the superior man at [...] Cf. Yijing 17
He whose braveness lies in daring, slays. / He whose braveness lies in not daring , gives life. / Of these two, either [...] Cf. Daodejing 73
Living under a thatch roof, never wearing fragrant silk, / She longs to arrange a marriage, but how could she [...] Cf. Tangshi 222
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and [...] Cf. Sunzi 178
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