Reduced ! Reduced ! / Why not return ? / If it were not for your sake, O prince, / How should we be thus [...] Cf. Shijing 36
1. Lin Fang asked what was the first thing to be attended to in ceremonies. / 2. The Master said, "A great question [...] Cf. Lunyu 44
Kou / Coming to Meet / Under heaven, wind: The image of COMING TO MEET. Thus does the prince act when disseminating [...] Cf. Yijing 44
We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; / But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness [...] Cf. Daodejing 11
The lovely Lo Fo of the western land / Plucks mulberry leaves by the waterside. / Across the green boughs [...] Cf. Tangshi 39
If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your [...] Cf. Sunzi 173
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