Alas for me, who am [as] a little child, / On whom has devolved the unsettled State ! / Solitary am I and full of [...] Cf. Shijing 286
The Master said, "In language it is simply required that it convey the meaning." [...] Cf. Lunyu 432
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
Rough were the mountain-stones, and the path very narrow; / And when I reached the temple, bats were in the dusk. [...] Cf. Tangshi 66
Carefully study the well-being of your men, and devise unfathomable plans. [...] Cf. Sunzi 197
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