With pleased sounds the deer call to one another, / Eating the celery of the fields. / I have here admirable guests [...] Cf. Shijing 161
The Master said, "If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with the rites of propriety? If [...] Cf. Lunyu 43
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; / But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness [...] Cf. Daodejing 11
Lords of the capital, sharp, unearthly, / The Great Flower's three points pierce through heaven. / Clouds are [...] Cf. Tangshi 171
EARTH comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and [...] Cf. Sunzi 5
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