[Those] lamb-skins and sheep-skins, / With their five braidings of white silk ! / They have retired from the [...] Cf. Shijing 18
The Master said of the Shâo that it was perfectly beautiful and also perfectly good. He said of the Wû that it was [...] Cf. Lunyu 65
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
With a blue line of mountains north of the wall, / And east of the city a white curve of water, / Here you must [...] Cf. Tangshi 102
Sun Tzu said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an [...] Cf. Sunzi 41
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