There is that little oriole, / Resting on a bend of the mound. / The way is distant, / And I am very much [...] Cf. Shijing 230
The Master said, "Ardent and yet not upright, stupid and yet not attentive; simple and yet not sincere:– such persons [...] Cf. Lunyu 204
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
A wind, bringing willow-cotton, sweetens the shop, / And a girl from Wu, pouring wine, urges me to share it / [...] Cf. Tangshi 55
Too frequent rewards signify that the enemy is at the end of his resources; [...] Cf. Sunzi 150
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