Ye, brilliant and accomplished princess, / Have conferred on me this happiness. / Your favours to me are without [...] Cf. Shijing 269
The Master said, "The superior man is affable, but not adulatory; the mean man is adulatory, but not affable." [...] Cf. Lunyu 340
Hêng / Duration / Thunder and wind: the image of DURATION. Thus the superior man stands firm And does not change has [...] Cf. Yijing 32
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
Stories of passion make sweet dust, / Calm water, grasses unconcerned. / At sunset, when birds cry in the wind, [...] Cf. Tangshi 297
Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. This is called ability to [...] Cf. Sunzi 218
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