The illustration of illustrious [virtue] is required below, / And the dread majesty is on high. / Heaven is not [...] Cf. Shijing 236
The duke Ting asked how a prince should employ his ministers, and how ministers should serve their prince. Confucius [...] Cf. Lunyu 59
K'un / The Receptive / The earth's condition is receptive devotion. Thus the superior man who has breadth of [...] Cf. Yijing 2
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
There's a harp in the midnight playing clear, / While the west wind rustles a green vine; / There's a low cloud [...] Cf. Tangshi 155
When he utilizes combined energy, his fighting men become as it were like unto rolling logs or stones. For it is the [...] Cf. Sunzi 72
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