[This] umbrageous sweet pear-tree ; – / Clip it not, hew it not down. / Under it the chief of Zhou lodged. / [...] Cf. Shijing 16
1. The Master said, "The linen cap is that prescribed by the rules of ceremony, but now a silk one is worn. It is [...] Cf. Lunyu 212
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; / Perfect speech is like a jade-worker whose tool leaves no mark. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 27
As the holiday approaches, and grasses are bright after rain, / And the causeway gleams with willows, and [...] Cf. Tangshi 311
Though the enemy be stronger in numbers, we may prevent him from fighting. Scheme so as to discover his plans and the [...] Cf. Sunzi 85
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