She gathers the large duckweed, / By the banks of the stream in the southern valley. / She gathers the [...] Cf. Shijing 15
1. The Master asked Kung-ming Chiâ about Kung-shû Wan, saying, "Is it true that your master speaks not, laughs not, and [...] Cf. Lunyu 360
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
Those who know do not speak; / Those who speak do not know. / Black the passages, / Shut the doors, / Let all sharpness [...] Cf. Daodejing 56
Too young to have learned what sorrow means, / Attired for spring, she climbs to her high chamber.... / The new [...] Cf. Tangshi 265
When you plunder a countryside, let the spoil be divided amongst your men; [...] Cf. Sunzi 109
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