His bells ring out jiang-jiang, / While the waters of the Huai go sweeping on ; / Sad is my heart and wouded. / [...] Cf. Shijing 208
The Master said, "The superior man seeks to perfect the admirable qualities of men, and does not seek to perfect their [...] Cf. Lunyu 309
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
The stars of last night and the wind of last night / Are west of the Painted Chamber and east of Cinnamon Hall. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 210
On hemmed-in ground, I would block any way of retreat. [...] Cf. Sunzi 213
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