The ordinances of Heaven, – / How deep are they and unintermitting ! / And oh ! how illustrious, / Was the [...] Cf. Shijing 267
The wife of the prince of a state is called by him Fû Zan. She calls herself Hsiâo T'ung. The people of the state call [...] Cf. Lunyu 447
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve. / / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 75
Pure of heart and therefore hungry, / All night long you have sung in vain – / Oh, this final broken indrawn [...] Cf. Tangshi 156
Such is the art of warfare. [...] Cf. Sunzi 121
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