Ah ! Ah ! ministers and officers, / Reverently attend to your public duties. / The king has given you perfect rules [...] Cf. Shijing 276
1. The Duke Ting asked whether there was a single sentence which could make a country prosperous. Confucius replied, [...] Cf. Lunyu 332
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
Because the eye gazes but can catch no glimpse of it, / It is called elusive. / Because the ear listens but cannot hear [...] Cf. Daodejing 14
What shall I say of the Great Peak? – / The ancient dukedoms are everywhere green, / Inspired and stirred by [...] Cf. Tangshi 8
Hence in the wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together. [...] Cf. Sunzi 126
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