The noble visitor ! The noble visitor ! / Drawn like his ancestors by white horses ! / The revered and dignified, / [...] Cf. Shijing 284
1. The minister of crime of Ch'an asked whether the duke Châo knew propriety, and Confucius said, "He knew propriety." [...] Cf. Lunyu 181
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
Tao gave birth to the One; the One gave birth successively to two things, three things, up to ten thousand. These ten [...] Cf. Daodejing 42
A hundred mountains and no bird, / A thousand paths without a footprint; / A little boat, a bamboo cloak, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 244
After that, comes tactical maneuvering, than which there is nothing more difficult. [...] Cf. Sunzi 95
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