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, "The progress of the superior man is upwards; the progress of the mean man is downwards." [...] Cf. Lunyu 370
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay] / The wind blows low on the mountain: The image of DECAY. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 18
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
The five Holy Mountains have the rank of the Three Dukes. / The other four make a ring, with the Song Mountain [...] Cf. Tangshi 68
Such is the art of warfare. [...] Cf. Sunzi 121
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