The noble visitor ! The noble visitor ! / Drawn like his ancestors by white horses ! / The revered and dignified, / [...] Cf. Shijing 284
1. Kung-shan Fû-zâo, when he was holding Pi, and in an attitude of rebellion, invited the Master to visit him, who was [...] Cf. Lunyu 452
Kuan / Contemplation (View) / The wind blows over the earth: The image of CONTEMPLATION. Thus the kings of old visited [...] Cf. Yijing 20
When he is born, man is soft and weak; in death he becomes stiff and hard. The ten thousand creatures and all plants [...] Cf. Daodejing 76
So autumn breaks my homesick heart.... / Few pilgrims venture climbing to a temple so wild, / Up from the lake, [...] Cf. Tangshi 133
Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. Violent language and driving [...] Cf. Sunzi 144
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