How great is that luxuriance, / Those flowers of the sparrow-plum ! / Are they not expressive of reverence [...] Cf. Shijing 24
1. The disciple Min was standing by his side, looking bland and precise; Tsze-lû, looking bold and soldierly; Zan Yû [...] Cf. Lunyu 280
Ko / Revolution (Molting) / Fire in the lake: the image of REVOLUTION. Thus the superior man Sets the calendar in [...] Cf. Yijing 49
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
Grass has run wild now by the Bridge of Red-Birds; / And swallows' wings, at sunset, in Blacktail Row / Where [...] Cf. Tangshi 280
In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to [...] Cf. Sunzi 61
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