His bells ring out jiang-jiang, / While the waters of the Huai go sweeping on ; / Sad is my heart and wouded. / [...] Cf. Shijing 208
The Master said, "Fine words, an insinuating appearance, and excessive respect;– Tso Ch'iu-ming was ashamed of them. [...] Cf. Lunyu 117
Tui / The Joyous, Lake / Lakes resting one on the other: The image of THE JOYOUS. Thus the superior man joins with his [...] Cf. Yijing 58
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
Drive the orioles away, / All their music from the trees.... / When she dreamed that she went to Liaoxi Camp / [...] Cf. Tangshi 251
The host thus forming a single united body, is it impossible either for the brave to advance alone, or for the cowardly [...] Cf. Sunzi 112
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