I go out at the north gate, / With my heart full of sorrow. / Straitened am I and poor, / And no one [...] Cf. Shijing 40
The Master said, "Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 3
Hêng / Duration / Thunder and wind: the image of DURATION. Thus the superior man stands firm And does not change has [...] Cf. Yijing 32
He who holding the Great From goes about his work in the empire / Can go about his, yet do no harm. / All is peace, [...] Cf. Daodejing 35
They say that wildgeese, flying southward, / Here turn back, this very month.... / Shall my own southward [...] Cf. Tangshi 96
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed [...] Cf. Sunzi 235
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