Profoundly wise were [the lords of] Shang, / And long had there appeared the omens [of their dignity ]. / When the [...] Cf. Shijing 304
1. The philosopher Yû said, "In practicing the rules of propriety, a natural ease is to be prized. In the ways [...] Cf. Lunyu 12
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
Between wei and o / What after all is the difference? / Can it be compared to the difference between good and bad? / [...] Cf. Daodejing 20
A faint phoenix-tail gauze, fragrant and doubled, / Lines your green canopy, closed for the night.... / Will [...] Cf. Tangshi 217
The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible [...] Cf. Sunzi 81
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