Yao-yao went the grass-insects, / And the hoppers sprang about. / While I do not see my lord, / My [...] Cf. Shijing 14
The Master's frequent themes of discourse were – the Odes, the History, and the maintenance of the Rules of Propriety. [...] Cf. Lunyu 168
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
Those who know do not speak; / Those who speak do not know. / Black the passages, / Shut the doors, / Let all sharpness [...] Cf. Daodejing 56
In twelve chambers the ladies, decked for the day, / Peer afar for their lord from their Fairy-View Lodge; / [...] Cf. Tangshi 221
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive [...] Cf. Sunzi 128
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