How gay and dissipated you are, / There on the top of Wanqiu ! / You are full of kindly affection indeed, / But [...] Cf. Shijing 136
The Master said, "When rulers love to observe the rules of propriety, the people respond readily to the calls on them [...] Cf. Lunyu 388
Chia Jên / The Family [The Clan] / Wind comes forth from fire: The image of THE FAMILY. Thus the superior man has [...] Cf. Yijing 37
“Kingdoms can only be governed if rules are kept; / Battles can only be won if rules are broken.” / But the adherence [...] Cf. Daodejing 57
O General, descended from Wei's Emperor Wu, / You are nobler now than when a noble.... / Conquerors and their [...] Cf. Tangshi 61
Now the general is the bulwark of the State; if the bulwark is complete at all points; the State will be strong; if the [...] Cf. Sunzi 33
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