Heavy lies the dew ; / Nothing but the sun can dry it. / Happily and long into the night we drink ; – / Till [...] Cf. Shijing 174
1. Shun had five ministers, and the empire was well governed. / 2. King Wû said, "I have ten able ministers." / 3. [...] Cf. Lunyu 208
Chên / The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) / Thunder repeated: the image of SHOCK. Thus in fear and trembling The superior [...] Cf. Yijing 51
“He who knows the males, yet cleaves to what is female / Because like a ravine, receiving all things under heaven,” / [...] Cf. Daodejing 28
Red leaves are fluttering down the twilight / Past this arbour where I take my wine; / Cloud-rifts are blowing [...] Cf. Tangshi 154
These six are the principles connected with Earth. The general who has attained a responsible post must be careful to [...] Cf. Sunzi 162
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