His lambs's fur is glossy, / Truly smooth and beautiful. / That officer, / Rests in his lot and will not change. [...] Cf. Shijing 80
Chî Lû asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said, "While you are not able to serve men, how can you [...] Cf. Lunyu 279
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Such the scope of the All-pervading Power. / That it alone can act through the Way. / For the Way is a thing [...] Cf. Daodejing 21
With twilight passing her silken window, / She weeps alone in her chamber of gold / For spring is departing [...] Cf. Tangshi 276
It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if [...] Cf. Sunzi 31
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