A simple-looking lad you were, / Carrying cloth to exchange it for silk. / [But] you came not so to purchase silk ; [...] Cf. Shijing 58
1. The Master said, "Anciently, men had three failings, which now perhaps are not to be found. / 2. "The [...] Cf. Lunyu 463
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay] / The wind blows low on the mountain: The image of DECAY. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 18
My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no [...] Cf. Daodejing 70
Too young to have learned what sorrow means, / Attired for spring, she climbs to her high chamber.... / The new [...] Cf. Tangshi 265
Thus, if you order your men to roll up their buff-coats, and make forced marches without halting day or night, covering [...] Cf. Sunzi 99
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