Pleasant is the semi-circular water, / And we will gather the cress about it. / The marquis of Lu is coming to it, [...] Cf. Shijing 299
1. Confucius said, "Contemplating good, and pursuing it, as if they could not reach it; contemplating evil! and [...] Cf. Lunyu 444
Pi / Grace / Fire at the foot of the mountain: The image of GRACE. Thus does the superior man proceed When clearing up [...] Cf. Yijing 22
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
You have left me behind, old friend, at the Yellow Crane Terrace, / On your way to visit Yangzhou in the misty [...] Cf. Tangshi 268
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, [...] Cf. Sunzi 171
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