Shoes thinly woven of the dolichos fibre, / May be used to walk on the hoarfrost. / The delicate fingers of a [...] Cf. Shijing 107
The Master said, "Ardent and yet not upright, stupid and yet not attentive; simple and yet not sincere:– such persons [...] Cf. Lunyu 204
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
Favour and disgrace goad as it were to madness; high rank hurts keenly as our bodies hurt.” / / What does it mean to [...] Cf. Daodejing 13
After these ten torn wearisome years / We have met again. We were both so changed / That hearing first your [...] Cf. Tangshi 146
In raiding and plundering be like fire, [...] Cf. Sunzi 107
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