On the trees go the blows ding-ding ; / And the birds cry out ying-ying. / One issues from the dark valley, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 165
The Master said, "It is all over. I have not yet seen one who could perceive his faults, and inwardly accuse himself." [...] Cf. Lunyu 119
Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain / Mountains standing close together: The image of KEEPING STILL. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 52
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
Stone-Fish Lake is like Lake Dongting – / When the top of Zun is green and the summer tide is rising. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 65
Though the enemy be stronger in numbers, we may prevent him from fighting. Scheme so as to discover his plans and the [...] Cf. Sunzi 85
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