Kan-kan go his blows on the sandal trees, / And he places what he hews on the river's bank, / Whose waters flow [...] Cf. Shijing 112
The disciples of Tsze-hsiâ asked Tsze-chang about the principles that should characterize mutual intercourse. [...] Cf. Lunyu 487
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
Her hands of white jade by a window of snow / Are glimmering on a golden-fretted harp – / And to draw the [...] Cf. Tangshi 241
Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the [...] Cf. Sunzi 232
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