The peach tree is young and elegant ; / Brilliant are its flowers. / This young lady is going to her future [...] Cf. Shijing 6
1. The Master said, "I would prefer not speaking." / 2. Tsze-kung said, "If you, Master, do not speak, what shall we, [...] Cf. Lunyu 466
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water; but when it attacks things hard and resistant there is not [...] Cf. Daodejing 78
Knowing beauty my misfortune, / I face my mirror with a sigh. / To please a fastidious emperor, / How shall [...] Cf. Tangshi 167
When a chieftain is fighting in his own territory, it is dispersive ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 180
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