The moat at the east gate, / Is fit to steep hemp in. / That beautiful, virtuous, lady, / Can respond to you in [...] Cf. Shijing 139
1. He sacrificed to the dead, as if they were present. He sacrificed to the spirits, as if the spirits were present. / [...] Cf. Lunyu 52
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
Heaven and Earth are ruthless; / To them the Ten Thousand things are but as straw dogs. / The Sage too is ruthless; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 5
Friend, I have watched you down the mountain / Till now in the dark I close my thatch door.... / Grasses return [...] Cf. Tangshi 226
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, [...] Cf. Sunzi 171
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