They gather the beans, they gather the beans, / In their baskets, square and round. / The princes are coming to [...] Cf. Shijing 222
The Master said, "Yû, those who know virtue are few." [...] Cf. Lunyu 395
Chên / The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) / Thunder repeated: the image of SHOCK. Thus in fear and trembling The superior [...] Cf. Yijing 51
What is most perfect seems to have something missing; / Yet its use is unimpaired. / What is most full seems empty; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 45
Out go the great red wedding-chamber candles. / Tomorrow in state the bride faces your parents. / She has [...] Cf. Tangshi 288
Carefully study the well-being of your men, and devise unfathomable plans. [...] Cf. Sunzi 197
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