Of the gourd leaves, waving about, / Some are taken and boiled ; / [Then] the superior man, from his spirits, / [...] Cf. Shijing 231
Confucius in marriage-making was guided by character and not by fortune. / [...] 2. Of Nan Yung he said that if the [...] Cf. Lunyu 94
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
Heaven and Earth are ruthless; / To them the Ten Thousand things are but as straw dogs. / The Sage too is ruthless; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 5
There's a gleam of green in an old bottle, / There's a stir of red in the quiet stove, / There's a feeling of [...] Cf. Tangshi 246
Ground which can be abandoned but is hard to re-occupy is called ENTANGLING. From a position of this sort, if the [...] Cf. Sunzi 157
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