There are the branches of the sparrow-gourd ; – / There is that lad, with the spike at his girdle. / Though he [...] Cf. Shijing 60
The Master said of Tsze-ch'an that he had four of the characteristics of a superior man – in his conduct of himself, [...] Cf. Lunyu 108
Fu / Return (The Turning Point) / Thunder within the earth: The image of THE TURNING POINT. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 24
We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; / But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness [...] Cf. Daodejing 11
As the holiday approaches, and grasses are bright after rain, / And the causeway gleams with willows, and [...] Cf. Tangshi 311
Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as the momentum of a round stone rolled down a mountain thousands of [...] Cf. Sunzi 73
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