With flapping wings the crows, / Come back, flying all in a flock. / Other people all are happy, / And I only am [...] Cf. Shijing 197
1. Ch'âi is simple. / 2. Shan is dull. / 3. Shih is specious. / 4. Yû is coarse. [...] Cf. Lunyu 285
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Because the eye gazes but can catch no glimpse of it, / It is called elusive. / Because the ear listens but cannot hear [...] Cf. Daodejing 14
High in the faint moonlight, wildgeese are soaring. / Tartar chieftains are fleeing through the dark – / And [...] Cf. Tangshi 258
The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided. [...] Cf. Sunzi 27
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