Amidst the fretted waters, / The white rocks stand up grandly. / Bringing a robe of white silk, with a vermillion [...] Cf. Shijing 116
1. When the villagers were drinking together, upon those who carried staffs going out, he went out immediately after. [...] Cf. Lunyu 253
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
"Yes, I live here, by the river; / I have sailed on it many and many a time. / Both of us born in Changgan, you [...] Cf. Tangshi 254
If you set a fully equipped army in march in order to snatch an advantage, the chances are that you will be too late. [...] Cf. Sunzi 98
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