Thick grew the tribulus [on the ground], / But they cleared away its thorny bushes. / Why did they this of old ? / [...] Cf. Shijing 209
The Master said, "The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions." [...] Cf. Lunyu 374
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
With a blue line of mountains north of the wall, / And east of the city a white curve of water, / Here you must [...] Cf. Tangshi 102
Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: 1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to [...] Cf. Sunzi 39
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