How the dolichos spread itself out, / Extending to the middle of the valley ! / Its leaves were luxuriant ; / [...] Cf. Shijing 2
Tsâi Wo asked, saying, "A benevolent man, though it be told him, – 'There is a man in the well" will go in after him, [...] Cf. Lunyu 146
Chia Jên / The Family [The Clan] / Wind comes forth from fire: The image of THE FAMILY. Thus the superior man has [...] Cf. Yijing 37
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
Wistful, away from my friends and kin, / Through mist and fog I float and float / With the sail that bears me [...] Cf. Tangshi 28
The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle - you never come to an end. [...] Cf. Sunzi 63
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