King Wen laboured earnestly ; – / Right is it we should have received [the kingdom]. / We will diffuse [his [...] Cf. Shijing 295
The Master said, "Though a man have abilities as admirable as those of the duke of Châu, yet if he be proud and [...] Cf. Lunyu 199
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
(To requite injuries with good deeds.) / To allay the main discontent, but only in a manner that will certainly produce [...] Cf. Daodejing 79
Ten thousand ranges and valleys approach the Jing Gate / And the village in which the Lady of Light was born and [...] Cf. Tangshi 192
He will conquer who has learnt the artifice of deviation. [...] Cf. Sunzi 110
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