Thick grew the tribulus [on the ground], / But they cleared away its thorny bushes. / Why did they this of old ? / [...] Cf. Shijing 209
The Master said, "Who can go out but by the door? How is it that men will not walk according to these ways?" [...] Cf. Lunyu 137
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
Mist veils the cold stream, and moonlight the sand, / As I moor in the shadow of a river-tavern, / Where girls, [...] Cf. Tangshi 291
The proper season is when the weather is very dry; the special days are those when the moon is in the constellations of [...] Cf. Sunzi 225
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