Bright are those extensive fields, / A tenth of whose produce is annually levied. / I take the old stores, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 211
When the Master saw a person in a mourning dress, or any one with the cap and upper and lower garments of full dress, [...] Cf. Lunyu 219
Tui / The Joyous, Lake / Lakes resting one on the other: The image of THE JOYOUS. Thus the superior man joins with his [...] Cf. Yijing 58
Tao never does; / Yet through it all things are done. / If the barons and kings would but possess themselves of it, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 37
An old fisherman spent the night here, under the western cliff; / He dipped up water from the pure Hsiang and made [...] Cf. Tangshi 70
Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. [...] Cf. Sunzi 43
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