What man was that ? / His mind is full of dangerous devices. / Why did he approach my dam, / Without entering my [...] Cf. Shijing 199
The Master said, "He who puts on an appearance of stern firmness, while inwardly he is weak, is like one of the small, [...] Cf. Lunyu 459
Huan / Dispersion [Dissolution] / The wind drives over the water: The image of DISPERSION. Thus the kings of old [...] Cf. Yijing 59
Push far enough towards the Void, / Hold fast enough to Quietness, / And of the ten thousand things none but can be [...] Cf. Daodejing 16
Her candle-light is silvery on her chill bright screen. / Her little silk fan is for fireflies.... / She lies [...] Cf. Tangshi 294
The different measures suited to the nine varieties of ground; When there are means of communication on all four [...] Cf. Sunzi 208
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