They buzz about, the blue flies, / Lighting on the fences. / O happy and courteous sovereign, / Do not believe [...] Cf. Shijing 219
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
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
Ten thousand ranges and valleys approach the Jing Gate / And the village in which the Lady of Light was born and [...] Cf. Tangshi 192
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when [...] Cf. Sunzi 2
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