The first birth of [our] people, / Was from Jiang Yuan. / How did she give birth to [our] people ? / She had [...] Cf. Shijing 245
The subjects on which the Master did not talk, were – extraordinary things, feats of strength, disorder, and spiritual [...] Cf. Lunyu 171
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
The five Holy Mountains have the rank of the Three Dukes. / The other four make a ring, with the Song Mountain [...] Cf. Tangshi 68
It is the business of a general to be quiet and thus ensure secrecy; upright and just, and thus maintain order. He [...] Cf. Sunzi 206
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