Heavy lies the dew ; / Nothing but the sun can dry it. / Happily and long into the night we drink ; – / Till [...] Cf. Shijing 174
The Master said, "He who is not in any particular office has nothing to do with plans for the administration of its [...] Cf. Lunyu 202
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
"Tell me, where do you live? – / Near here, by the fishing-pool? / Let's hold our boats together, let's see / [...] Cf. Tangshi 253
Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. Violent language and driving [...] Cf. Sunzi 144
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