Brilliant are the flowers, / On those level heights and the low grounds. / Complete and alert is the messenger, [...] Cf. Shijing 163
1. Tsze-lû got Tsze-kâo appointed governor of Pî. / 2. The Master said, "You are injuring a man's son." / 3. Tsze-lû [...] Cf. Lunyu 292
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve. / / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 75
From a pot of wine among the flowers / I drank alone. There was no one with me – / Till, raising my cup, I [...] Cf. Tangshi 6
If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are. [...] Cf. Sunzi 234
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