I look up to great Heaven, / But it shows us no kindness. / Very long have we been disquieted, / And these great [...] Cf. Shijing 264
The Master said, "The years of parents may by no means not be kept in the memory, as an occasion at once for joy and [...] Cf. Lunyu 87
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
When I questioned your pupil, under a pine-tree, / "My teacher," he answered, " went for herbs, / But toward [...] Cf. Tangshi 249
While we keep away from such places, we should get the enemy to approach them; while we face them, we should let the [...] Cf. Sunzi 140
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