How great is that luxuriance, / Those flowers of the sparrow-plum ! / Are they not expressive of reverence [...] Cf. Shijing 24
The Master said, "The superior man is easy to serve and difficult to please. If you try to please him in any way which [...] Cf. Lunyu 342
TUN / Retreat / Mountain under heaven: the image of RETREAT. Thus the superior man keeps the inferior man at a [...] Cf. Yijing 33
“To know when one does not know is best. / To think one knows when one does not know is a dire disease. / Only he who [...] Cf. Daodejing 71
Last night my girdle came undone, / And this morning a luck-beetle flew over my bed. / So here are my paints [...] Cf. Tangshi 243
Ground which can be freely traversed by both sides is called ACCESSIBLE. With regard to ground of this nature, be [...] Cf. Sunzi 156
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