On the trees go the blows ding-ding ; / And the birds cry out ying-ying. / One issues from the dark valley, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 165
The Master said, "To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy." [...] Cf. Lunyu 357
TUN / Retreat / Mountain under heaven: the image of RETREAT. Thus the superior man keeps the inferior man at a [...] Cf. Yijing 33
The impunity of things fraught with the “power” / May be likened to that of an infant. / Poisonous insects do not sting [...] Cf. Daodejing 55
A light wind is rippling at the grassy shore.... / Through the night, to my motionless tall mast, / The stars [...] Cf. Tangshi 113
In crossing salt-marshes, your sole concern should be to get over them quickly, without any delay. So much for [...] Cf. Sunzi 133
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