If I could but see the white cap, / And the earnest mourner worn to leanness ! – / My toiled heart is worn with [...] Cf. Shijing 147
1. Yen Yüan asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "To subdue one's self and return to propriety, is perfect [...] Cf. Lunyu 294
Ta Chuang / The Power of the Great / Thunder in heaven above: The image of THE POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 34
What is of all things most yielding / Can overwhelm that which is of all things most hard. / Being substanceless it can [...] Cf. Daodejing 43
After rain the empty mountain / Stands autumnal in the evening, / Moonlight in its groves of pine, / Stones [...] Cf. Tangshi 116
These are the four useful branches of military knowledge [...] Cf. Sunzi 135
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