I was gathering and gathering the mouse-ear, / But could not fill my shallow basket. / With a sigh for the [...] Cf. Shijing 3
1. When the villagers were drinking together, upon those who carried staffs going out, he went out immediately after. [...] Cf. Lunyu 253
Ta Yu / Possession in Great Measure / Fire in heaven above: The image of POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 14
Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your authority. A Mightier Authority will deal with them in the end. Do [...] Cf. Daodejing 72
Her robe is a cloud, her face a flower; / Her balcony, glimmering with the bright spring dew, / Is either the [...] Cf. Tangshi 317
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. [...] Cf. Sunzi 108
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