The wings of the ephemera, / Are robes, bright and splendid. / My heart is grieved ; – / Would they but come [...] Cf. Shijing 150
The Master said, "The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 344
Ta Ch'u / The Taming Power of the Great / Heaven within the mountain: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 26
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
An old fisherman spent the night here, under the western cliff; / He dipped up water from the pure Hsiang and made [...] Cf. Tangshi 70
On serious ground, gather in plunder. [...] Cf. Sunzi 191
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