In the south rise the trees without branches, / Affording no shelter. / By the Han are girls rambling about, [...] Cf. Shijing 9
The Master said, "Your good, careful people of the villages are the thieves of virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 460
I / Increase / Wind and thunder: the image of INCREASE. Thus the superior man: If he sees good, he imitates it; If he [...] Cf. Yijing 42
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
In the pure morning, near the old temple, / Where early sunlight points the tree-tops, / My path has wound, [...] Cf. Tangshi 98
Mountain forests, rugged steeps, marshes and fens–all country that is hard to traverse: this is difficult ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 186
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