Brilliant are the flowers, / On those level heights and the low grounds. / Complete and alert is the messenger, [...] Cf. Shijing 163
The Master said, "Hard is it to deal with who will stuff himself with food the whole day, without applying his mind to [...] Cf. Lunyu 469
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
Where is the temple of the famous Premier? – / In a deep pine grove near the City of Silk, / With the green [...] Cf. Tangshi 182
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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