Those officers of the [old] capital, / With their fox-furs so yellow, / Their deportment unvaryingly [correct], / [...] Cf. Shijing 225
The Master said, "The progress of the superior man is upwards; the progress of the mean man is downwards." [...] Cf. Lunyu 370
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
With no other neighbour but the quiet night, / Here I live in the same old cottage; / And as raindrops brighten [...] Cf. Tangshi 148
After crossing a river, you should get far away from it. So much for river warfare. [...] Cf. Sunzi 132
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