On the hills of the south is the Tai plant, / On those of the north is the Lai. / To be rejoiced in are ye, noble [...] Cf. Shijing 172
When Yen Yüan died, the Master said, "Alas! Heaven is destroying me! Heaven is destroying me!" [...] Cf. Lunyu 276
Ch'ien / Modesty / Within the earth, a mountain: The image of MODESTY. Thus the superior man reduces that which is [...] Cf. Yijing 15
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
South go the wildgesse, for leaves are now falling, / And the water is cold with a wind from the north. / I [...] Cf. Tangshi 132
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out [...] Cf. Sunzi 233
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