Ling-ling go the hounds ; – / Their master is admirable and kind. / / There go the hounds with their double [...] Cf. Shijing 103
1. Tsze-chang asked, saying, "The minister Tsze-wan thrice took office, and manifested no joy in his countenance. [...] Cf. Lunyu 111
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
When he is born, man is soft and weak; in death he becomes stiff and hard. The ten thousand creatures and all plants [...] Cf. Daodejing 76
His golden arrow is tipped with hawk's feathers, / His embroidered silk flag has a tail like a swallow. / One [...] Cf. Tangshi 256
How victory may be produced for them out of the enemy's own tactics–that is what the multitude cannot comprehend. [...] Cf. Sunzi 89
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