I escorted my mother's nephew, / To the north of the Wei, / What did I present to him ? / Four bay horses for his [...] Cf. Shijing 134
The Master said, "I can find no flaw in the character of Yü. He used himself coarse food and drink, but displayed the [...] Cf. Lunyu 209
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
Lying on a high seat in the south study, / We have lifted the curtain-and we see the rising moon / Brighten [...] Cf. Tangshi 21
Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of [...] Cf. Sunzi 231
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