In the valleys grows the mother-wort, / But scorched is it in the drier places. / There is a woman forced to [...] Cf. Shijing 69
[...] 8. When he had been assisting at the prince's sacrifice, he did not keep the flesh which he received overnight. [...] Cf. Lunyu 249
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
In the pure morning, near the old temple, / Where early sunlight points the tree-tops, / My path has wound, [...] Cf. Tangshi 98
If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man [...] Cf. Sunzi 250
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