I go out at the north gate, / With my heart full of sorrow. / Straitened am I and poor, / And no one [...] Cf. Shijing 40
1. Kung-sun Ch'âo of Wei asked Tsze-kung, saying. "From whom did Chung-nî get his learning?" / 2. Tsze-kung replied, [...] Cf. Lunyu 506
Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain / Mountains standing close together: The image of KEEPING STILL. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 52
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
On the third day, taking my place to cook, / Washing my hands to make the bridal soup, / I decide that not my [...] Cf. Tangshi 242
He burns his boats and breaks his cooking-pots; like a shepherd driving a flock of sheep, he drives his men this way [...] Cf. Sunzi 207
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